Law: Merciless Jury

Pressures for commutation

While the clemency issue in Illinois was being settled last week, Governor Bob Graham of Florida was pondering the possibility of having to make an equally knotty decision: What to do about the life sentence imposed on Roswell Gilbert? The 75-year-old retired electronics engineer had been convicted of first-degree murder in the mercy killing of his wife Emily, 73. "It's awful," said Gilbert after the sentence was handed down two weeks ago. "It's the end of my life." Declared Martha Moran, 50, the Gilberts' only child: "I don't want to see my daddy in jail; he'll die in jail."

Gilbert's conviction...

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