Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Statement of Texas Attorney General John Cornyn clarifying the role of the Governor and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles in the Gary Graham case:

"Under the Texas Constitution, the Governor cannot independently grant a second reprieve in this case because Governor Ann Richards previously granted a reprieve in 1993. However, in this case, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has the options of recommending to the Governor a reprieve, commutation to a life sentence or a pardon. At this point, the Governor can act on one of these options only upon the written recommendation of the majority of the Board."

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