RI Senate panel OKs pardon for man hanged in 1845

Rhode Island is one step closer to pardoning the last man executed in the state.

A Senate panel on Wednesday endorsed 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 sends 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/15/2/push-pardon-man-hanged-ri-faces-vote-ar-542078/

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