In Rare Use of Clemency Power, Missouri Governor Stays Execution, Appoints Board of Inquiry

On August 22, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens issued a reprieve to Marcellus Williams only a few hours before Mr. Williams was to be executed for the 1998 murder of a former newspaper reporter, Felicia Gayle. Governor Greitens simultaneously took the rare step of exercising his clemency power under the state constitution to appoint a

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