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Carnahan offers insight on Mease decision

February 1, 1999
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

Governor Carnahan provided new insight today/Monday about his controversial decision to take convicted murder Darrell Mease off death row. Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City.

Carnahan said the Pope's very personal plea for mercy was what swayed his opinion last week.

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Carnahan says he had dreaded meeting with Vatican officials because he feared their conversation would be a political debate over capital punishment.

He says he did not expect the pope's request to have mercy on Darrell Mease, and does not anticipate making any more pardons in the future.

In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


New insight today/Monday from Governor Mel Carnahan about why he decided to commute the death sentence of convicted murderer Darrell Mease. (Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City)

This is Lee McGuire in Jefferson City. Governor Carnahan says the Pope's very personal, very specific request for mercy was what swayed his opinion on Mease's commutation last week.

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Contents: Carnahan says he was impressed by the Pope's request.

Carnahan says before the Pope arrived, he worried he would have to debate Vatican officials about Missouri's death penalty law.

Instead, the Governor says, the Pope asked him to have mercy on Mease, and left it at that.

In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


Governor Carnahan provided new insight today into his controversial decision to commute the death sentence of convicted murder Darrell Mease. Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City.

The governor says Pope John Paul the Second's request to take Darrell Mease off death row took him by suprise.

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Contents: Carnahan says the Pope took a very effective approach.

Carnahan's decision to commute Mease has sparked new debate over capital punishment in Missouri.

But the Governor says his position in favor of the death penalty has not changed.

In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.