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Mercy for Some

You have to go back almost ten years before December 9, 1938, to get to the beginning of this story. Ed Rivers was an up-and-coming politician then, serving as a state senator from Lakeland. It would be another eight years before Rivers would be elected governor, but he was trying to make a name for himself statewide, trying to lay a foundation.

Q&A with author David Beasley

The author of "Without Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South" discusses his research, former Governor E.D. Rivers, and the death penalty.

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