Friday, January 11, 2008
According to this report, the Louisiana state Board of Pardons received 4,240 applications for clemency during Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s four years in office (2004-2007). Of that number, only 849 were granted a hearing. The Board then denied 566 of the applications and 92 were held over for further consideration. As a result, a total of 331 applications were granted favorable recommendations and passed to Blanco. The Governor granted clemency for 285 applicants, denied 32 others and took no action on 14 applications. None of Blanco's actions involved high profile cases. Most were for inmates convicted of drug offenses. "She took very deliberate and thorough consideration of every one that came over here," said Terry Ryder, Blanco's executive council. This story is also covered here.