Mr. Lewis devoted his life to helping prisoners and other clients who could not pay him. His toughest fight lasted 12 years and took him from the New York State parole board to regulatory panels to state court to federal court, including the Supreme Court of the United States. It ended on Dec. 21, 2007, when Governor Spitzer pardoned Mr. Lewis’s client Frederick Lake, who had been paroled a decade earlier after serving six years in state prison for armed robbery. Except for Gov. George E. Pataki's pardon of the comedian Lenny Bruce in 2003, it was the first pardon by a New York governor since 1979.See story here.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
In remembering the life and work of John D.B. Lewis, the New York Times sheds light on the state of clemency in New York. The article makes this observation:
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