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Description: Pardon Board Has Case - Thomas E. StriplingDate: April 1911
Newspaper published in: Richmond, VA
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 2
PARDON BOARD HAS CASE
Stripling May Know His Fate within Few Days.
Atlanta, Ga., April 6.--All the evidence, affidavits, petitions and letters involved in the application for pardon filed by Thomas Edgar Stripling, former chief of police of Danville, Va., and recaptured recently on a charge of murder, for which he was sentenced to a life term fourteen years ago, now are in the hands of the State Prison Commission. Arguments in the case were ended to-night. It probably will be several days before a recommendation to the Governor is decided upon.
Stripling killed W. J. Cornett in Harris County, Ga., fourteen years ago, was sentenced to a prison term and escaped while being taken to his cell. He went to Danville, Va., where he was known as R. E. Morris, joined the police force of that city and afterwards became chief.
Many thousands of persons in this State and Virginia have petitioned the Governor to pardon Stripling on the grounds of his good conduct since escaping. The relatives of Cornett, however, have contested his release and engaged attorneys to appear before the prison board. Stripling is in jail in Harris County.
Stripling pleaded the "unwritten law,'" claiming that he killed Cornett in defense of his home. Sworn statements that Cornett had insulted Stripling's sister were presented to the commission.