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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 63: Delay in execution of death sentence; consideration of pardon

Section 63. The governor, with the advice and consent of the council, may from time to time respite the execution of a sentence of death for stated periods so long as he may consider it necessary to afford him, with the advice and consent of the council, an opportunity to investigate and consider the facts of the case for the purpose of considering whether or not to pardon the prisoner.