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Samuel A. Riggs to Governor Charles Robinson

Riggs, Samuel A.

Samuel A. Riggs, District Attorney of the Fourth Judicial District of Lawrence, writes Governor Charles Robinson of Topeka concerning William Ford who was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to hang on September 1, 1862. Riggs notifies the governor that Ford has filed a petition requesting a reversal of his death sentence due to possible errors committed during the trial. Riggs considers this a fair request and recommends postponing the sentence until such errors can be considered by the Supreme Court. In 1862, the State Legislature reactivated a death penalty for 1st degree murder originally enacted in 1859. The legislature passed a death penalty for treason against the state the previous year.

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