Friday, June 13, 2008

Nebraska: Commutation, then Parole

Leslie Reed of the Midlands News Service reports the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that Edward Poindexter, sentenced to life in prison for the 1971 slaying of a police officer, is not a proper candidate for parole. The high court's ruling said inmates who are serving life sentences for first-degree murder can only be considered for parole after they have had their original sentences commuted. The Nebraska Board of Pardons - composed of the governor, attorney general and secretary of state - has the power to grant such commutations. Why was Poindexter trying so hard to get a hearing before the State's Parole Board? Reed reports that the Board of Pardons "has not commuted a life sentence for first-degree murder in nearly two decades." See story here.

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