State Attorney General Jay Nixon denies his office advocates that a death-row inmate in Missouri should be executed whether the State Supreme Court believes he’s innocent or not. That seemed to be the impression left during oral arguments before the Supreme Court last week in the Joseph Amrine case. Defense attornies argue Amrine is innocent of the stabbing death of a fellow Jefferson City prison inmate, because the three witnesses against him have changed their stories. An Assistant Attorney General argued that didn’t matter and Nixon backs his logic before the court. Nixon says Amrine has had several chances to convince both the US Supreme Court and the State Supreme Court that he should get a new trial and has failed to convince them.
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