Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Kurt Danysh is serving a 22.5-60-year sentence for shooting his 51-year old father in the head after his supply of Prozac ran out. Danysh says he does not remember even pulling the gun out. He also says that he has not yet "forgiven" himself, but that he has "come to terms with what happened." Now Danysh is seeking clemency as he tries to "raise awareness" about possible effects of Prozac and other antidepressant drugs. An attorney from the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers says seeking a clemency is a difficult and time-consuming process, requiring a unanimous vote by the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons in order to get the governor to even consider the application. He also explains that, in 2007, "the governor granted 105 clemencies out of 138 clemency applications recommended by the board," but the board received over 650 applications. Pardon board Secretary John Heaton agrees that it is "quite a lengthy" process and notes that it has taken as long as two years for the board to review a request. See story here.