Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 6, 1909 Page: 4 of 8
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Norman Daily Independent
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V. E. DANNER. Editor and Proprietor.
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ABUSING THE PARDONING POWER-
The present system of punish-
ing crime is about the most ex -
pensive and the least resultive
of any system that the world
has ever known. There is a
surprisingly lot of crimes com-
mitted in the world and a good
many of them are most atro -
cious; and yet there are alsa a
surprising" lot of criminals al-
lowed to run loose and continue
their depredations with no effec-
tive method to employ towards
The real cause of all this, we
think, is in the constant abuse
of the pardoning power. There
are only a few people in the
world who are believers in cap-
ital punishment. Most people
with any sense of feelings for
their brother men shrink from
the idea of taking a man's life
for any crime that he has com-
mitted; and yet society must be
protected and some fear produc-
ing method has to be employed
to do it. Most people also ex-
press themselves as prefering
death to life imprisonment if
they were to be called upon to
make the choice, and yet the
very minute they are called up-
on to make the choice they in-
variably spend the very last ef-
fort and cent at their command
to secure a life sentence, rather
than one calling for immediate
death. Why? Because invari-
ably the life sentenced convict
is ultimately pardoned, and fre-
quently only a few years of the
sentence is served. This con-
dition makes people disgusted
with our system of punishing
crime and oftan leads to lynch-
ings where otherwise the law
would be permitted to take its
It always appealed to us as a
serious impeachment of the
judgment and wisdom and intel-
ligence of a presiding judge and
jury under whose charge a crimi-
nal is convicted and sentenced,
for a single governor, who can
know very little about the cir-
cumstances leading up to the
conviction, to turn aside all
that has been done at the ex-
pense of perhaps thousands of
dollars to the county, by par-
doning the criminal after he
has been duly convi^ed, thus
turning htffi'fo'bSe'TO' prfey upon
ness of a judge to know the law
and to instruct a jury when one
is called before him to consider
a given case as to what the law
in that case is. The jury hears
all the evidence fresh as it is
given and certainly it is an im-
peachment of their intelligence
to say that a governor has a
right to pardon a man when
those twelve men say that he
ought to be punished by impris-
onment for a given time.
There are certain cases where
the pardoning power ought to
be exercised. For instance, no
man should be imprisoned for
life where his conviction rested
wholly upon purely circumstan-
tial evidence, and if he should
be so unfortunate as to receive
at the hand of his fellowmen
such a sentence, he should in
time be pardoned- And yet a
pardon in such a case would be
an impeachment on the honor
of the jury; a parole is really
all that the convicted man is
entitled to .
Some will say that a life sen-
tence is too long and too severe
a punishment for the average
conAiction for crime and that
the pardoning power is exer-
cised to lighten that severity.
And that very idea makes the
punishment of crime so cheap
that the average crimimally
bent man, and especially where
he has means, has very little
fear of the law? He knows that
if the lawyers fail to liberate
him, he can get a pardon in a
and only lasts
A chance to buy goods at
prices never before heard of
in Norman. We carry the
best lines to be had.
Kuh Nathan and Fischer
Hirsh Wick wire and Co.
Stetson Hats, Lonly Hats
25 to 33-1-3 per eent saved on
The first party that buys $20 worth of goods
Friday, opening of our big sale, we will give a
$5 Stetson hat. Come and see us.
N. PRICE, Conducting Sale.
THE MEN'S OUTFITTER
few years, and so he commits
his crime, wholly premedited,
and there is no distinction be-
tween such crimes and those
committed under impulse.
The purpose of punishing
crime is to protect society and
when any system cheapens that
protection a check ought to be
put upon it. The promiscuous
use of the pardoning power by
nndiscriminating governors and
pardoning boards of late years
has certainly cheapened our
protection of society and ought
to have a halt called upon it.
AT MASCHO'S C. O. D.
20 pounds sugar, $1.00.
20 pounds coffee, $1.00.
20 pounds beans, $1.00.
50 pounds Hour, $1.30. 2-51
As predicted in the Independent,
Ben Wilson, flotorial representative,
and anti-Murray man, was elected
speaker of the house in Oklahoma's
second state legislature.
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Danner, V. E. Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 6, 1909, newspaper, January 6, 1909; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc106685/m1/4/: accessed February 16, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.