Push to pardon man hanged in RI faces vote

Rhode Island senators are set to take up a pardon for the last man executed in Rhode Island.

A Senate panel plans to vote Wednesday on legislation calling on Gov. Lincoln Chafee to pardon John Gordon, an Irish immigrant hanged in 1845 for the murder of a wealthy Rhode Island mill owner. Historians and law professors now say Gordon was wrongfully convicted after a trial tainted by anti-Irish bigotry.

Wednesday’s vote will send the measure to the full Senate for consideration. The legislation has already passed the House. Chafee, an independent, has said he supports the pardon. 

Article source: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2011/jun/15/push-pardon-man-hanged-ri-faces-vote-ar-542078/

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