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In Years Past

February 28, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, Cynthia Buffum was found guilty of murder, first degree, with a recommendation for leniency the past evening. This recommendation was, of course, a useless suggestion, for the court had no discretion in capital cases. There was only one sentence that could be pronounced - death. Justice Brown pronounced this sentence immediately after the verdict was rendered. He fixed the week of April 5 as the date for execution. This, however, was a mere formality. Buffum would not be executed at that time or for many months, for her attorney would take an appeal and the appeal operated automatically as a stay of sentence until passed upon by the court of appeals.



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