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Certainly. But isn't the purpose of that power to use it based on his opinion of the individual case? Not as a way to exercise his personal opinion of the death penalty?

Tradionally, the Governor has been given that power in order to make a case by case decision as to whether clemency is warranted. Often if a prisoner turns their life around in prison and shows true remorse for their actions, not just for getting caught, a Governor might grant them clemency based on the idea that they are serving a greater good by continuing to live.

OTOH, in Texas, we carried out the execution of Karla Faye Tucker, in spite of her appearance of having turned her life around in prison. Of coursae that could have had something to do with her testimony at trial(never, ever, tell a jury that you achieved orgasm while killing someone).

The death sentence of Kenneth McDuff was overturned by default when we outlawed capital punishment for a few years. The fallout from that was that he was eventually given parole (we have some interesting rules about "life" sentences and parole here). He promptly went out and killed again upon being released. Needless to say, when he went back to prison, sentenced again to death, we put him on the fastrack to avoid him ever having the chance to do that again.

This OR guy is an interesting case. From what I can see, he's trying to force the Governor's hand because he(the prisoner) is protesting the death penalty? It would be fascinating to hear what he intends for his last words.

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