Thursday, June 12, 2008

Arkansas: Petition Still Up in the Air

The Arkansas Leader reports Gov. Mike Beebe "has not granted clemency to a man who killed his family 11 years ago, but neither has he denied it." Beebe did deny 31 requests on Friday and took no action on 41 additional applications. Meanwhile, the clemency petition of Heath Stocks - the second petition he has submitted - has already been judged to be without merit by a parole board. Nonetheless, it is technically still up for consideration. The story also notes Stocks' petition arrived in January and, by law, the governor has 240 days to respond (Are you reading this citizens and lawmakers in the State of Illinois)? The original sentence was life in prison without the possibility of parole, but there many interesting angles to the case. See full story here.

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