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  • US weighs clemency for thousands of inmates jailed for 10 years

    04/26/2014 6:40:34 AM PDT · by Glennb51 · 12 replies
    AP via PoliceOne ^ | 082414 | Eric Tucker
    The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer
  • Justice Dept. broadening criteria for clemency

    04/21/2014 12:46:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 3:34 PM EDT | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. The new criteria, which will be detailed later this week and are aimed at inmates serving time for nonviolent drug offenses, are intended to lead to a reduction in the nation’s federal prison population and also “ensure that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens,” Holder said in a video message. The announcement is part of an ongoing Obama...
  • Obama Will Take ‘Executive Action’ to Reduce Prison Population

    01/31/2014 9:19:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2014 - 7:40 AM | Susan Jones
    Congress can pass legislation giving judges more discretion in the sentencing of prisoners, but President Obama “also has the ability to take executive action” to commute the sentences of “low-level” drug offenders—and that’s just what he plans to do, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association annual meeting on Thursday. “A little over a month ago, the President commuted the sentences of eight men and women who were sentenced under severe—and out of date—mandatory minimum sentencing laws,” Cole said. …
  • Calling sentence disparities unfair, Obama pardons 8 crack offenders

    12/19/2013 2:06:20 PM PST · by Zakeet · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama on Thursday commuted the prison sentences for eight people convicted of crack cocaine offenses and pardoned 13 others, surpassing in the fifth year of his presidency all the acts of clemency from his entire first term. “I am commuting the prison terms of eight men and women who were sentenced under an unfair system,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Commuting the sentences of these eight Americans is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness.” [Snip] “We are excited for the families of those who were granted commutations today, and we are glad that...
  • Board rejects clemency for condemned Ohio killer

    07/16/2013 10:24:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2013 3:14 PM EDT | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    A condemned Cleveland killer moved one step closer to execution Tuesday despite a rare plea for mercy from the prosecutor overseeing his case and support from nearly half of a board that previously voted unanimously against him. The Ohio Parole Board voted 6-4 to turn down a request for clemency for death row inmate Billy Slagle, sentenced to die for stabbing a neighbor 17 times almost three decades ago. The entire board ruled against clemency two years ago for Slagle, but that was before the election of new Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty and a change in his office’s approach...
  • Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released [stabbed victim 33 times with butcher knife]

    06/17/2013 11:54:05 AM PDT · by grundle · 48 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 17, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman put on death row at age 16 for killing an elderly Bible school teacher is scheduled to be released Monday after serving a prison term that was shortened after the state Supreme Court intervened. Paula Cooper's death sentence at such a young age sparked international protests and a plea for clemency from Pope John Paul II. Now 43 years old, Cooper is being given a second chance at her life. Cooper was 15 when she and three other teenage girls showed up at Ruth Pelke's house on May 14, 1985, with plans of robbing...
  • Mercy For Killer Who Says He Didn’t Mean To?

    04/03/2013 10:17:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 35 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 3, 2013 | JP
    Autumn Carter, a Mansfield, Ohio girl, was raped and killed in 1998. She was six-months old (that’s right). Her convicted killer, Steven Smith, has a May 1 date with the executioner. Yesterday, he appeared before the Ohio Parole Board, where he pleaded for mercy. Smith, 31 years old at the time he took baby Autumn’s life, has not repented his evil. He says his life should be spared because he really didn’t mean to kill the infant. He just wanted to have sex with her. The convicted killer’s public defenders, Joseph Wilhelm and Tyson Fleming, had his back yesterday at...
  • Ohio Governor Kasich Spares Condemned Obese Killer

    12/19/2012 7:55:32 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 19 replies
    Bellefontaine Examiner Online ^ | 12-17-2012 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds that he had poor legal representation. Gov. John Kasich's decision to grant clemency to Ronald Post mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago. Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Kasich, who commuted Post's sentence to life with no chance...
  • Convicted murderer Troy Davis loses last ditch plea to prove innocence

    09/21/2011 10:36:34 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:39 PM on 21st September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Georgia inmate Troy Davis's last-ditch request for a lie detector test to try to prove his innocence ahead of tonight's planned execution has been denied by Georgia Department of Corrections. Defence lawyer Stephen Marsh said he had hoped the polygraph would convince the state pardons board to reconsider a decision against clemency, which was rejected yesterday. Davis, 42, is scheduled to die at 7pm tonight. It is the fourth time in four years that Davis' execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.
  • Convicted murderer Troy Davis loses last ditch plea to prove innocence

    09/21/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:39 PM on 21st September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Georgia inmate Troy Davis's last-ditch request for a lie detector test to try to prove his innocence ahead of tonight's planned execution has been denied by Georgia Department of Corrections. Defence lawyer Stephen Marsh said he had hoped the polygraph would convince the state pardons board to reconsider a decision against clemency, which was rejected yesterday. Davis, 42, is scheduled to die at 7pm tonight. It is the fourth time in four years that Davis' execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.
  • Henry Kissinger Calls On President Obama To Free Jonathan Pollard

    03/07/2011 2:40:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Yeshiva World ^ | 3/7/11 | staff
    As the calls for clemency for Jonathan Pollard continue to intensify, Henry A. Kissinger, an elder statesman, well-respected diplomat, and experienced member of the United States intelligence community, has become the latest American governmental leader to issue a public call for Pollard’s release. Pollard has spent more than 25 years languishing in a federal prison for passing classified information to Israel, an ally of the United States. Kissinger, who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard’s sentence to...
  • Behenna Clemency appeal denied (Vanity)

    12/23/2010 2:00:57 PM PST · by NECAWA · 7 replies
    The Behenna family ^ | 12/23/2010 | NECAWA
    This is so sad. It calls for letters and prayers: "We have no idea why they denied Michael’s clemency request and can only surmise that the Secretary of the Army desires Michael to spend a substantial amount of time in prison."
  • Army asks for mercy from clemency callers; Lakin supporters flood phone lines; need to

    12/22/2010 12:26:15 AM PST · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 9+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 12-21-10 | Brian Fitzpatrick
    Army asks for mercy from clemency callers- Lakin supporters flood phone lines; need to redirect messages ### Army public affairs officer Lt. Col. Rob Manning today asked WND readers appealing for clemency for imprisoned "birther" Dr. Terrence Lakin to send their pleas to Lakin's defense counsel, not to the officer with authority to free Lakin, Maj. Gen. Karl Horst. "We're getting a lot of calls," said Manning, the director of public affairs for the Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region. Manning emphasized clemency requests should be sent to Maj. Matthew Kemkes, Lakin's defense counsel. Kemkes' e-mail address is matthewkemkes@us.army.mil. *snip*...
  • Ohio governor grants clemency to condemned killer

    06/04/2010 8:44:53 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 37 replies · 883+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 4 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- In a rare gesture, Gov. Ted Strickland on Friday spared an inmate who was scheduled to be executed next week, citing court decisions that questioned the death sentence and problems with trial testimony. Strickland announced he was granting clemency to Richard Nields, who strangled his girlfriend in 1997 during an argument in suburban Cincinnati. Strickland, a Democrat, said he made the decision after reviewing Nields' case.....
  • Huckabee To Rosie O’Donnell: I Respect You, I Respect Your Choices…But

    04/26/2010 10:52:45 PM PDT · by FTJM · 111 replies · 2,129+ views
    Mediaite ^ | April 26th, 2010 | Glynnis MacNicol
    Is this Mike Huckabee attempting to position himself as the voice of GOP reason heading in to 2012, or merely have his political cake and eat it too? Huckabee appeared on Rosie O’Donnell’s Sirius-XM radio show over the weekend and perhaps not surprisingly talk turned to gay marriage and same sex adoption. Huckabee, a former pastor, is against gay marriage, though gently so…or at least that is what he’d have us believe if this exchange is any measure. During the appearance, Huckabee fended off criticisms from O’Donnell telling her that “I have great respect for you. I respect your choices....
  • Michelle Obama Tells Huckabee Home Is 'News-Free Zone'

    02/20/2010 2:01:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 884+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 20, 2010
    February 19, 2010 Michelle Obama Tells Huckabee Home Is 'News-Free Zone' FOXNews.com Michelle Obama told Fox News host Mike Huckabee that she's sure to watch Fox News -- a target of criticism from her husband in the past -- this weekend to catch their interview. First lady Michelle Obama said she tries to stay away from news because she wants to formulate her own opinions based on her experiences. But Obama told Fox News host Mike Huckabee that she's sure this weekend to watch Fox News, a target of criticism from her husband in the past -- Huckabee's interview with...
  • Michelle Obama to Appear on FNC's 'Huckabee'

    02/17/2010 1:29:46 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 91 replies · 1,670+ views
    TVNewser ^ | February 17, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Washington Whispers reports First Lady Michelle Obama will be interviewed on Fox News Channel this weekend on Mike Huckabee's show. The two will talk about Mrs. Obama's anti-obesity campaign.
  • I Am Not Abandoning Jesus by Having Obama Girl on the 'Huckabee' Show

    02/16/2010 3:41:30 PM PST · by yongin · 47 replies · 2,412+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2010 | Mike Huckabee
    Amber Ettinger is the Obama Girl, made famous from her self-styled YouTube sensation video that depicted her mad crush on then-presidential candidate Barak Obama. After his first year in office, she made a new splash by publicly discussing her disappointment in his presidency. She was a guest on this show a couple of weeks ago, but her appearance sparked a very strong and mostly critical reaction. Much of the heat was directed at me for what the viewers perceived as abandonment of my Christian principles. I don't hide the fact that I am a Jesus person -- a true believer...
  • Clemency For Huckabee

    12/09/2009 6:14:07 AM PST · by steve-b · 28 replies · 971+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/9/09 | Michael Gerson
    If it weren't for bad luck, Mike Huckabee would have no luck at all. Of all the deranged criminals in the country, it was Maurice Clemmons -- granted clemency by then-Gov. Huckabee of Arkansas almost a decade ago -- who recently murdered four police officers in Washington state. Seldom has an act of mercy been more publicly or horribly betrayed. Some of Huckabee's potential rivals for the 2012 Republican nomination responded, not merely by criticizing this specific act of clemency but by rejecting the very idea. "In Minnesota," said Gov. Tim Pawlenty, "I don't think I've ever voted for clemency."...
  • Why I commuted Maurice Clemmons's sentence

    12/08/2009 3:42:46 AM PST · by FTJM · 56 replies · 1,665+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2009 | Mike Huckabee
    The nation was stunned by the senseless and savage cold-blooded murders of four young police officers in Lakewood, Wash., over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Whenever a police officer or soldier is killed, the loss is even more profound, for they are the ones who stand between our way of life and total anarchy. Nine years ago, the name Maurice Clemmons crossed my desk. I commuted his sentence from 108 years to 47 years. I take full responsibility for my actions of nine years ago. I acted on the facts presented to me in 2000. If I could have possibly known...
  • Mike Huckabee Defends His Clemency Decision on "The View" - 12/3/09

    12/05/2009 1:40:17 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 18 replies · 605+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 5, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of former Arkansas Mike Huckabee defending his decision to grant clemency to Maurice Clemmons in 2000. Clemmons killed four police officers in the Tacoma, Washington area last weekend, and was subsequently shot and killed by police as they tried to apprehend him. Huckabee said Clemmons had committed robbery and burglary as a 16 year-old, and received a sentence of 108 years. After serving 11 years, Huckabee got the file and decided to commute the sentence to 47 years, which made him parole eligible. The parole board then let him go. Huckabee said if he had that file...
  • RAW DATA: Clemmons' Commutation Proclamation

    11/30/2009 12:10:44 PM PST · by Brytani · 24 replies · 1,261+ views
    http://arkstar.asl.lib.ar.us/ ^ | November 30, 2009 | Brytani
    State of ArkansasExecutive Department PROCOLAMAION TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME.....GREETINGS WHEREAS, Maurice Clemmons, ADC# 92616, has applied for executive clemency, specifically a commutation; and WHEREAS, Maurice Clemmons ADC# 92616 was convicted in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas on November 15, 1989, of aggravated robbery (Class Y felony) and theft of property (Class C felony) (CR-89-1357);and WHEREAS, Maurie Clemmons, ADC# 92616, was convicted in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas, on February 23, 1990, of burglary (Class B felony) and theft of property (Class B felony) (CR-89-1624); and WHEREAS, Maurice Clemmons, ADC # 92616, was...
  • Arkansas Prosecutor Says Mike Huckabee Granted Clemency to a "Disturbing Number of People" - Video

    11/30/2009 6:11:35 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 32 replies · 1,036+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 30, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of a local news report out of Washington about suspected police killer Maurice Clemmons. The report includes a brief phone interview with an Arkansas prosecutor - Larry Jegley - who said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee "granted clemency to a disturbing number of people," including a person named Maurice Clemmons "who should not have been let out." This report says Clemmons was serving a 95-year sentence in Arkansas when released. Other reports have said it was a 60-year sentence. The report says Gov. Huckabee has issued a statement which denounces the shootings, and places the blame on...
  • A Huckabee clemency* gone awry?

    11/29/2009 11:49:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,068+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/29/09 | Ben Smith
    The Seattle Times reports that the man suspected of shooting four police officers in Washington State was granted clemency in Arkansas nine years ago by then-Governor Mike Huckabee. Huckabee had reportedly pardoned the suspected shooter, Maurice Clemmons, because he was just 17 when his original crimes were committed. (Clemmons was still on parole, and should apparently have been sent back to jail in Arkansas more recently.) But it's a tragic, and politically damaging story of the kind that, with the name Willie Horton attached, helped derail Mike Dukakis's bid for the White House.
  • Huckabee, prosecutors go on offensive (Historic article)

    11/29/2009 10:13:38 PM PST · by Jack Black · 15 replies · 875+ views
    The Arkansas Leader (.com) ^ | circa 2001 | Garrick Feldman
    ___They trade jabs over sentencing, pardoning of killers, other thugs ___Several prosecutors around the state are upset with Gov. Huckabee for grant- ing clemency to violent criminals, but he is blaming the prosecutors for often not seeking the maximum penalty and keeping felons locked up longer. ___Until now, Huckabee has refused to comment on his controversial policy of making violent prisoners eligible for parole– they include murderers, armed robbers and rapists, who often return to a life of crime after they're freed – but in a statement to The Leader this week, he lashed out at prosecutors for not doing...
  • Maurice Clemmons, wanted for questioning, has troubling criminal history (Huckabee Granted Clemency)

    11/29/2009 7:40:19 PM PST · by Gordon Greene · 41 replies · 2,159+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11-29-2009 | Seattle Times Staff
    The man sought for questioning in the execution of four Lakewood police officers was granted clemency in 2000 by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and released on bail just six days ago on a child rape charge in Washington state. Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing this morning of four Lakewood police officers, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health. Nine years ago, then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee granted clemency to Clemmons, commuting his lengthy prison sentence over the protests of prosecutors.
  • KOREA Revealed: How Pope John Paul II's letter saved ex-president's life

    05/21/2009 9:55:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 521+ views
    UCA ^ | May 20, 2009
    SEOUL (UCAN) -- A letter from the late Pope John Paul II, which saved the life of former President Thomas More Kim Dae-jung, has been made known to the public recently.   Former president Kim Dae-jung The late Pope sent the letter to then-South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan on Dec. 11, 1980, asking for "clemency" for Kim, a Catholic, who had been sentenced to death a week before.The National Archives of Korea (NAK) on May 18 revealed the contents of letter at the request of the "Kwangju Ilbo," the local daily newspaper in Gwangju (Kwangju).Former President Chun, who seized power in a...
  • Push is on for George Ryan clemency

    11/26/2008 3:00:11 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 18 replies · 663+ views
    chicago breaking news ^ | today | chicagobreakingnews
    Family members, friends and lawyers for convicted ex-Gov. George Ryan are pushing a plea for clemency during the final weeks of the Bush administration.
  • President George W. Bush Grants Pardons and Commutations

    11/25/2008 5:55:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 644+ views
    US DOJ.GOV ^ | November 25, 2008 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/November/08-opa-1048.html President George W. Bush Grants Pardons and Commutations WASHINGTON - On Nov. 24, 2008, President George W. Bush granted pardons to 14 individuals and commutation of sentence to two individuals: PARDONS: · Leslie Owen Collier - Charleston, Mo. Offense: Unauthorized use of a registered pesticide, 7 U.S.C. §§ 136j(a)(2)(F) and 136l(b); violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. § 668(a). Sentence: Feb. 2, 1996; Eastern District of Missouri; two years’ probation and $10,000 in restitution. · Milton Kirk Cordes - Rapid City, S.D. Offense: Conspiracy to violate the...
  • Bush's pardon list shows no high-profile convicts

    11/25/2008 7:47:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 46 replies · 1,156+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/25/8 | DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President George W. Bush's latest list of pardons does not include some high-profile criminals who still hope the president will grant them clemency in his final weeks in office. On Monday, Bush granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others whose misdeeds included dealing drugs, evading taxes, killing bald eagles or mishandling hazardous waste. The most recent batch, however, did not include any well-known convicts like junk bond dealer Michael Milken, who is seeking a pardon on securities fraud charges, or two politicians convicted of public corruption — former Rep. Randy "Duke"...
  • Florida Restores Rights to 115,000 Ex-Felons

    06/19/2008 10:10:22 AM PDT · by kingattax · 109 replies · 147+ views
    Newsmax ^ | June 18, 2008 | Rick Pedraza
    A new state rule in Florida calls for more than 115,000 former felons who complete their sentences to be given back their civil rights, including the right to vote, hold public office, serve on a jury, and obtain state and local licenses for certain types of work. The rule by the state’s Board of Executive Clemency ends a policy that, until now, required a panel to act individually on every restoration of rights requests. Florida Governor Charlie Crist – attending a two-day summit of state officials, lawmakers, community activists, prison ministers and others brainstorming ideas for keeping former inmates from...
  • Virginia Gov Grants Triple Murderer Clemency (Obama Cheerleader)

    06/09/2008 3:53:18 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 15 replies · 278+ views
    ABC News ^ | 06/09/08 | David Schoetz
    Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announced this afternoon that he will commute the death sentence of convicted triple murderer Percy Levar Walton because he does not believe Walton meets the Supreme Court criteria of mental competence required for an execution to proceed. Walton, now 29, was scheduled to become the 100th convict executed in Virginia since the federal reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, a capital punishment tally topped only by the justice system in Texas. He was sentenced to death after he admitted killing an elderly couple and another man in their homes over a 10-day period in 1996....
  • 'Ramos, Compean must ask for clemency' 'there's a process' for pardons

    05/01/2008 5:14:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 149 replies · 113+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 5-1-08 | unattributed
    The two former U.S. Border Patrol agents who were sentenced to prison terms of more than a decade each for shooting at a drug smuggler who dumped a load in the United States, then fled on foot back into Mexico rather than be arrested, must ask if they want clemency in their cases, according to the White House. "There is a process under which anyone can apply for a pardon or a commutation. And if they want to take advantage of that process, they're absolutely welcome to," Dana Perino, the White House spokeswoman, told WND today. She was responding to...
  • Clemency (Huckabee Parody Video)

    01/12/2008 3:01:50 PM PST · by RebekahT · 23 replies · 81+ views
    Arkansas Journal ^ | January 12, 2008 | Henry Rearden
    Hilarious video parody of one of the worst thorns in Huckabee's side. Click on the link to watch!
  • Tin Mike

    12/11/2007 9:56:39 PM PST · by lesser_satan · 27 replies · 322+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 12/12/2007 | Philip Klein
    (snip) Over the course of his 10 1/2 years as governor, Huckabee granted a staggering 1,033 clemencies, according to the Associated Press. That was more than double the combined 507 that were granted during the 17 1/2 years of his three predecessors: Bill Clinton, Frank White, and Jim Guy Tucker. In many cases, Huckabee's actions set loose savage criminals convicted of grizzly murders over the passionate objections of prosecutors and victims' families. "I felt like Huckabee had more compassion for the murders than he ever did for the victims," Elaine Colclasure, co-leader of the Central Arkansas chapter of Parents of...
  • Huckabee Pardons Under Scrutiny (Note: 2x The Total of 3 Predecessors' Combined)

    12/10/2007 4:07:14 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 80 replies · 322+ views
    AP News Via Yahoo ^ | 10 December 2007 3:00 a.m. EST | Andrew DeMillo
    By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press Writer Mon Dec 10, 3:10 AM ET LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee had a hand in twice as many pardons and commutations as his three predecessors combined. The case he's asked about most concerns the parole of a castrated rapist who later killed a woman. Although the Republican presidential contender plays down any personal involvement in that release, Huckabee granted 1,033 pardons and commutations in his 10 1/2 years as governor of Arkansas. The acts of clemency benefited the stepson of a staff member, murderers who worked at the governor's...
  • More on the Clemency Question

    07/10/2007 5:39:21 AM PDT · by bhamlett · 10 replies · 903+ views
    News 24 ^ | July 10, 2007 | Brad Hamlett
    Washington - The chief Democrat probing President George W Bush's decision to erase the prison sentence of a former White House aide said on Sunday there is "the suspicion" the aide might have fingered others in the Bush administration if he served time. House Judiciary Committee chair John Conyers spoke of "the general impression" that Bush last week commuted I Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 2½-year sentence in the CIA leak case to keep Libby quiet... Bush contended Libby's sentence was too harsh. Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing justice in an investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity.
  • Paris Hilton volunteers to serve Scooter Libby's sentence, as well.

    06/18/2007 6:31:30 AM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 19 replies · 1,169+ views
    Charleston Gazette Forums ^ | June 18, 2007 | Keli Kilohana
    Just as White House loyalists had begun arguing that clemency for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby -- either a pardon or a commuted sentence -- would be a way for an embattled President Bush to reassert himself, particularly among conservatives, Paris Hilton has volunteered to serve Libby's sentence. "I am just getting what I deserve," said the born-again hotel heiress, "but Scooter has done nothing wrong! And, if he did, he should not serve any more time than Bill CLinton did for perjury!" Several Republicans said that it would be a good move for both Bush's and Hilton's sagging poll numbers.
  • Judge Sentences Cat to Life Indoors for Avon-Lady Ambush

    06/21/2006 12:34:26 PM PDT · by CAWats · 35 replies · 512+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2006 | FoxNews
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A state judge spared the life of alleged neighbor-assaulter Lewis the cat on Tuesday, but ordered that he remain inside his owner's Fairfield home at all times. "There are no exceptions. None," said Judge Patrick Carroll, who also granted accelerated rehabilitation to Lewis' owner, Ruth Cisero. That means her record will be expunged if she successfully completes two years of probation. Cisero had faced a charge of reckless endangerment because neighbors complained that the cat's long claws and stealth have allowed it to attack at least a half-dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she was...
  • Schwarzenegger Denies Late Request From Morales

    02/20/2006 9:41:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies · 1,069+ views
    CBS5 ^ | Feb 20, 2006
    SAN FRANCISCO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has denied a request by an attorney for condemned inmate Michael Morales that the governor reconsider granting Morales a clemency hearing. Morales, 46, was convicted of the 1981 sexual assault and murder of 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi, and is scheduled to die by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Schwarzenegger announced Friday that he had decided not to grant clemency to Morales, stating, "Morales' claim that he is a changed man does not excuse the brutal murder and rape of Terri Winchell." On Sunday, Kenneth Starr, who is one...
  • 'American Taliban' father urges clemency

    01/20/2006 5:19:54 AM PST · by seanmerc · 27 replies · 672+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 19, 2006 | Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer
    'American Taliban' Father Urges Clemency Jan 19 5:33 PM US/Eastern By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer SAN FRANCISCO After years of silence, the father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh said Thursday he has asked President Bush to grant his son clemency, adding that the then teenager never raised arms against the United States. "In simple terms, this is the story of a decent and honorable young man embarked on a spiritual quest," said Frank Lindh, swallowing back tears at times during a speech at the Commonwealth Club, a nonprofit organization. John Walker Lindh, now 24, was captured by...
  • Schwarzenegger denies clemency for state's oldest condemned inmate

    01/14/2006 4:27:03 PM PST · by Dubya · 12 replies · 491+ views
    North County Times & AP ^ | January 13, 2006 | DAVID KRAVETS
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency Friday to California's oldest condemned convict who asked to be spared because of his age and infirmities. Clarence Ray Allen, 75, who ordered the slayings of three people at a Fresno market while he was behind bars at Folsom State Prison in 1980, told Schwarzenegger that he was too old and frail to be put to death early Tuesday morning at San Quentin State Prison. "Allen's jury reasonably concluded that life in prison was not the appropriate punishment for someone who orders the killing of witnesses while already serving a term of...
  • Tookie and The Terminator

    01/01/2006 10:35:57 PM PST · by Daralundy · 17 replies · 763+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 2, 2006 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    What is it about the fate of convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams that so engrossed the Hollyleft and Euroleft? A founder of the Crips – a Los Angeles criminal gang whose record of murder, rape and robbery makes Al Capone's Cicero crowd look like the Lavender Hill Mob – Tookie was convicted in 1979 of the cold-blooded killing of four innocent people in a pair of robberies. Albert Owens, a 26-year-old Whittier, Calif., 7-Eleven employee, was shotgunned to death. Days later, an elderly Asian couple who ran a motel, Yen-I Yang and Thsai-Shai Yang, and their 43-year-old daughter, Yee Chen...
  • Death penalty debate lifeless in Sacramento (lawmakers left cold by Williams protesters)

    12/18/2005 7:50:57 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 19 replies · 844+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, December 18, 2005 | Mark Martin
    Sacramento -- Amid the uproar over last week's execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, state lawmakers for the most part were notably silent. California politicians largely avoided the death penalty debate as advocates and opponents argued in newspapers and on television over whether the Crips co-founder and eventual anti-gang crusader deserved to live or die, and whether capital punishment was justice or barbarism. A petition asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare Williams by granting him clemency was circulated among legislative Democrats, but only nine -- out of 73 in the Assembly and Senate -- signed it. As five Democrats prepare to...
  • Death Penalty Redux (a Tom McClintock's column)

    12/17/2005 1:59:19 PM PST · by GOPXtreme20 · 18 replies · 778+ views
    Tom McClintock for Lt. Governor ^ | December 15th. 2005 | Tom McClintock
    Death Penalty ReduxThe execution of Tookie Williams has brought new life to efforts to undermine California’s death penalty law. AB 1121, a two-year moratorium on executions introduced by Assemblyman Paul Koretz will be taken up by the state Assembly on January 10, just a week before 75-year-old convicted killer Clarence Ray Allen is sentenced to die. Koretz argues that the moratorium is necessary to assure that innocent people are not put to death while the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice reviews California’s criminal justice system. But California’s death penalty review process is already the most rigorous and...
  • Granting Williams clemency could have cost Schwarzenegger even more GOP support

    12/13/2005 7:36:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 552+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/13/5 | Mark Martin, Carla Marinucci
    Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rejection of Stanley Tookie Williams' clemency plea Monday, after several public statements last week indicating he was wrestling with the decision, was a strongly worded rebuke that left little doubt about the governor's feelings: Williams deserved to die. In a six-page statement, Schwarzenegger insisted Williams was guilty of the four crimes for which he was convicted and brushed aside the Crips founder's redemption as a children's book author and anti-gang crusader. The decision was not a surprise to political experts who said the governor had little to gain by sparing Williams. Facing a rebellion among...
  • Williams Waits on Gov.'s Clemency Decision (Tookie Update! Gov says NO to clemency)

    12/12/2005 12:13:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,649+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/05 | David Kravets - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has rejected a stay of execution for Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, who is scheduled to die after midnight. The court's decision comes a day after the California Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution for the convicted killer meaning the former gang leader who became an outspoken critic of gang violence will be executed early Tuesday unless the governor grants clemency. Williams' supporters also made another pitch directly to the governor Sunday to spare his life, telling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a letter that they had a new witness who...
  • LIVE THREAD - UPDATE: TOOKIE WILLIAMS EXECUTED

    12/12/2005 10:45:34 AM PST · by commish · 1,455 replies · 77,313+ views
    Fox news | Dec 12, 2005
    Gov. Shwarzeneggar expected to make announcement on Tookie Williams Execution Clemency shortly according to Fox News.
  • Jesse Jackson calls on Schwarzenegger to spare former gang leader

    12/10/2005 9:25:10 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 79 replies · 1,271+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Dec. 10, 2005 | LOLLY BOWEAN
    With only two days left before the scheduled execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the Rev. Jesse Jackson made another appeal for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare the life of the reformed gang leader Saturday. Jackson said Williams had changed dramatically while in prison, worked to discourage troubled youths from joining violent street gangs, and could serve humanity better if allowed to live. Williams' execution is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Jackson also used the news conference at his Rainbow/PUSH headquarters on the South Side to call for an end to the death penalty. "We must kill the idea of...
  • Schwarzenegger still undecided on clemency

    12/10/2005 7:13:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,036+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/10/05 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not decide on Saturday whether to grant clemency to former Crips gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams, who is slated to be executed on Tuesday for murdering four people in 1979, his office said. Barring clemency or last-minute court intervention, officials will administer a lethal injection to Williams at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday in the death chamber at San Quentin State Prison. The case has generated widespread interest and fierce debate over the death penalty in the United States because Williams, 51, has written a series of books warning young people against...