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Monday, July 25, 2011

Commutation of Prison Sentences

Via H-Canada today, a query from Veronica Strong-Boag (veronica.strong-boag@UBC.CA)
I've discovered a reference in La Minerve to Lord Aberdeen's commutation of a
14 year prison sentence for Austin Reynolds of Montreal in 1895.  He was
sentenced for murder in 1891.  Does anyone know more of this case?  thanks!

Nikki Strong-Boag

I was talking to a legal  historian about this quite recently--commutation of prison sentences, rather than death sentences. I think it was Lyndsay Campbell. I told her I recalled Carolyn Strange had been researching prison commutations in New York State.

Nikki, Lyndsay and Carolyn--you may want to compare notes.

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