Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Nebraska: Request

In 1964, Jerry Erving and Larry Hall shot a bartender during a robbery which also included three bottles of whiskey. After a conviction for first-degree murder and a life sentence, the bar was torn down and Erving's wife divorced him. But Larry Hall, who had actually fired the weapon, was paroled more than 20 years ago. Erving's attorney says, "This case was one to me that I just couldn't rationalize professionally or any other way. How you could continue to hold this guy accountable?" Now Jerry Erving is about to make his third request for clemency (a commutation of sentence). In Nebraska, the clemency board consists of the governor, secretary of state and attorney general. See complete story here.

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