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Second Clemency Hearing For Death Row Inmate Richard Glossip Not Guaranteed

June 21, 2021

The decades long process to execute Richard Glossip could end without another trip before the pardon and parole board.

With execution dates marked on the calendar, Glossip and fellow death row inmate John Marion Grant were unanimously denied clemency by the board in 2014. The board rejected Benjamin Cole’s petition 3-2 in 2015. After being denied in their final appeals, the three, however, were never put to death due to a moratorium on executions implemented in 2015.

Despite an ongoing legal battle over execution protocols in federal court, state leaders announced last year Oklahoma was on track to resume executions. Glossip’s attorney said that could happen as early as August.

The state court of criminal appeals will begin setting dates for execution once a ruling is handed down in the federal case.

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