Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hawaii: Denial

A story that was really more about judicial decision making than it was about the pardon power seems to have come to an end. Governor Linda Lingle has denied the pardon application of Sgt. 1st Class Ernie Gomez who was convicted of terrorizing his former wife with a loaded gun and beating her three years ago. Previous reports suggest the Army provided particular support for Gomez and his former wife even pleaded on his behalf. So, Gomez was allowed to remain outside of prison during his appeal and during his quest for pardon. Now it appears he is on his way to a five-year term. See story here.

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