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Judge denies death-row inmate’s request after witnesses say governor’s office didn’t pressure Clemency Board (access required)

A federal judge on Tuesday refused a death-row prisoner’s request to disqualify the Board of Executive Clemency from hearing his plea for mercy, finding that he didn’t prove that the governor’s office pressured board members to pursue a tough-on-crime policy.

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