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The House Criminal Committee Hears Testimony on Bill Allowing Deathrow Inmates to Donate Organs to Avoid Death Penalty

March 25, 1998
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

The House Criminal Committee will look at a bill getting national and international media attention because it allows deathrow inmates to escape the death penalty by donating organs.

Missy Shelton has a preview from Jefferson City.

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After giving interviews to news organizations all over the world, Chuck Graham will present his so-called Life for Life measure to the Missouri House Criminal Committee.

This late into the legislative session, the chances the bill will pass appear slim.

Chuck Graham, the bill sponsor, is a democrat from Columbia.

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Contents: [93K WAV file - Chuck Graham] Chuck Graham said he really has no feeling for whether or not it's going to pass. It's extremely unlikely it will pass this session.

Graham said he plans to clearly explain the bill to the committee, something he said the media has failed to do.

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The House Criminal Committee will hear the bill allowing death row inmates to donate organs in exchange for a life sentence.

Missy Shelton has a preview from Jefferson City.

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Members of the national and international media have given attention to the so-called Life for Life measure proposed by Chuck Graham, a democrat from Columbia.

The Missour House Criminal Committee will hear arguments for and against the proposal.

Graham said it's unlikely his bill will pass but he hopes the discussion it generated will encourage people to become donors.

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Contents: [48K WAV file - Chuck Graham] He said if everybody who likes the idea and doesn't like the idea does that, we wouldn't need my idea.

Graham also said a medical ethicist will testify for the bill at the hearing.

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