Lot 746

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(b. 1946) Forty-second President of the United States, the first elected president to be impeached. D.S. as Governor of Arkansas, 1p., folio, Little Rock, November 8, 1990, a proclamation reaffirming the death penalty for William Frank Parker. In part: "I, Bill Clinton, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by law... do hereby set the fifth day of December, 1990, as the date upon which the Commissioner (Director) of the Arkansas Department of Correction will carry into effect the judgment and sentence of the Benton County Circuit Court by executing William Frank Parker..." Boldly signed, "Bill Clinton" to the right of the Arkansas State Seal. Countersigned by BILL MCCUEN as Secretary of State, who was eventually arrested and imprisoned for corruption during the Whitewater investigations. The inmate, William Frank "Frankie" Parker, was sentenced to death for the 1982 killing of his in-laws, and became a something of a cause celebre for his eventual conversion to Buddhism while in prison. Many, including the Dalai Lama, lobbied for the removal of death from his sentence. Parker was eventually executed for his crimes in 1996, during the governorship of eventual presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Clinton's 1990 proclamation was in response to Parker's failure to get a Writ of Certiorari [for a double jeapardy claim] from the United States Supreme Court, thereby voiding a previous stay of execution. Upon the decision of the Supreme Court, Clinton ordered death penalty proceedings be continued. Fine.

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