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The Laws of England, Compiled and translated into the Māori language.

§ 15

[i roto i te reo Māori]

§ 15.

Another part of the Governor's office is to assent to the execution of the sentences of the Law If man have been tried for murder, and found guilty, and been sentenced by the Judge to death, the Governor must first consent before he can be put to death. The Governor has the power to lighten the punishment of any criminal; for he may in his discretion, and if he shall see just cause for so doing, either pardon altogether, or remit a portion of the penalty. But on the other hand, the Governor cannot increase any man's punishment.