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Kansas Governor Edward W. Hoch of Topeka responds to a request by Vermont Governor Fletcher D. Procter of Montpelier for information on Kansas laws concerning capital punishment. Hoch states that Kansas laws allow for the death penalty but requires an order from the Governor. Hoch states his opposition to capital punishment and his belief that no Kansas Governor has ever issued an execution order [under this law], and that no Governor ever will. While executions by state authority were legal in Kansas from 1861-1907, the State Legislature imposed tighter regulations on death sentences with Senate Bill 18 (1872). The act provided the time of execution to be ordered by the Governor. Kansas Governors between 1872-1907 refused to issue execution orders, as required by law, effectively banning state authorized executions during that period. See Governor Procter to Governor Hoch, October 22, 1906.

Creator: Kansas. Governor (1905-1909: Hoch)
Date: October 31, 1906

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Governor Edward W. Hoch to Governor Fletcher D. Procter - 1

Item Number: 208786
Call Number: Governor's Records, Hoch, Box 4 Folder 4
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 208786

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