Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ohio: Request Number 290

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on the case of 44-year old Brad Tapp who is serving a 14-year sentence for two counts of felonious assault. Tapp has already dished out $20,000 in civil suit verdicts to the two men he attacked in the aftermath of a wedding. Described as "a successful businessman with a six-figure salary on the outside" of prison, Tapp can boast that his trial judge has signed two affidavits stating that the sentence he gave to Tapp was too harsh. Two veteran police deputies support clemency on his behalf. In addition, the Dipatch reports that, three years ago, the Ohio Parole Board "unanimously recommended" that Tapp be granted executive clemency. But former Gov. Bob Taft declined.

Tapp has earned two degrees in theology while in prison and says that he has been "born again." Last week, the Board, once again, recommended clemency. Now all eyes are on Gov. Ted Strickland. But there's just one problem: there are at least 289 clemency requests hanging around on Strickland's desk and they are all "ahead" of Tapp's. The Dispatch also reports Strickland has used the clemency power "just three times, all in death-penalty cases, since taking office nearly 18 months ago." See full story here.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I also have a clemency request on Governor Strickland's desk since 19, Sept, 2006. Though not for any violent crime - drug abuse
I am a Technical Service Engineer for a medical company that manufactures operating room machines (Endoscope Preprocessors) This issue I am about to describe is very real to me. I live it every single day. I am an ex-felon for multiple minor drug abuse charges over 20 years ago. I am now 51 years old; to this day my past haunts me daily. I have a VERY difficult, if not impossible time trying to excel in my areas of expertise when applying for employment. I have even gone to the governor’s office for an Executive Clemency Pardon in which the 7-person panel voted in favor for my pardon. This was over 2 years ago (Aug 31, 2006). When I call for the status of my case, Governor Strickland's assistant said he needs time to review the case before he can finalize the outcome. My 2 sisters, both Navy Officers back my efforts 110% and are also dismayed why this is taking so long. I am gainfully employed to by far the best company I have ever worked for, and by the grace of God have overlooked my record. BUT! I have to go to hospitals i.e. Bethesda Naval Hospital which requires me a background security clearance. Without this clearance, this put's my job in jeopardy!! I DON'T KNOW WHO CAN HELP ME. PLEASE help me and all like me in my position make an easier transition for a better life! I have a very fantastic story for all who will listen! Thank you for your time and consideration in advanced,
RJH

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your story. I am in a similar position. I have a felony from a 1995 attempted burglary charge which was a stupid scam I concocted when I had just turned 19 years old. I am now 34 and have since turned my entire life around and have earned two college degrees and have written two books. I am just a few credit hours away from an LPN nursing liscense but in the past few years I have been denied countless positions of gainful employment because of what my background check turns up from my past. I have a clemency request in with Governor Strickland, and it has been just now a little over a year with still no word. A recent call to the Ohio Parole board told me that my "case was under review". I can only hope and pray that the Governor gives persons in our position a "second chance" at trying to prove to society that we made a mistake, learned from it and are able to help others and tell our story to help inspire yet others. Hopefully Mr. Strickland will allow us that second chance we have hoped and prayed for.

Anonymous said...

I guess I am in the same boat, but I guess I have not been there for so long. My application has only been there since 2009. I just recently had my hearing in front of the parole board, but have not heard anything since then. I'm curious as to how you found out what the recommendation of the parole board was. They told me that their decision was not released publicly.

Anonymous said...

it took two and a half years before i heard from the parole board when i wrote to them about getting clemency for three convictions that have been a thorn in my side for the past 20+ years.. last summer i got a letter to attend a clemency hearing in columbus.. then just a month i get a letter from the govenors office with my full and unconditional pardon in the envelope... God got that for me... i am so happy.. now i can answer no to that dreaded question on a job application.

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