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Carnahan offers no support for Griffin

December 8, 1998
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's governor is taking a hands-off approach regarding former house speaker Bob Griffin's request for clemency. Lee McGuire reports from Jefferson City.

President Clinton will decide whether to commute Griffin's sentence.

And a spokesman for Governor Carnahan says the Jackson County democrat, who was convicted of accepting bribes, should not count on the governor's support:

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That request for clemency comes after federal officials denied Griffin's plea to see his wife when she suffered a stroke this fall.

Griffin has at least two years left in his prison sentence.

In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


A spokesman for Governor Carnahan says that former House Speaker Bob Griffin's request for clemency is between his lawyers and the federal government. Lee McGuire is in Jefferson City with more.

Carnahan spokesman Chris Sifford says he doesn't expect President Clinton to ask the Governor what he thinks should be done with Bob Griffin.

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Contents: Sifford says this is not a political decision.

That request for clemency comes after the feds denied Griffin's petition to see his wife after she suffered a stroke this fall.

Last year the Jackson County democrat plead guilty to charges that he took bribes from a lobbyist while serving as speaker of the Missouri house.

In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.