Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hawaii: Still Free. Still Seeking Pardon

Circuit Judge Michael Town has decided to continue to allow Ernie Gomez to remain free as he seeks a pardon from Governor Linda Lingle. Amazingly, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Itomura says she can "fast-track" the pardon request, But Itomura cannot make any predictions with respect to how much time Attorney General Mark Bennett would need to review the application and make a recommendation to the Governor.

Mr. Gomez was sentenced, back in 2005, to a mandatory five-year prison term for terrorizing his then-wife with a semiautomatic handgun. He was also allowed to remain free on bail throughout his appeal. Perhaps after having done a little more research on the pardon power, the local media are toning down the shock level of reporting. Now, the case "is believed to be the first in Hawai'i in which a felon's prison sentence is put on hold while a pardon is sought."

PardonPower is informed that the court asked for research on common law as it related to pardons and commutations because Hawaii statutes require courts to turn to English common law if State law is silent on an issue. See story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

YES.. YES ..WE SHOULD HOLD A PARDON REVIEW FOR ALL MILITARY MEMBERS THAT HAVE RETURNED FROM ASSIGNMENTS OVERSEAS AND CONSIDER
THEIR POST -STRESS PROBLEMS.. THEIR TENSIONS AND REMORSE-- ALL THINGS CONSIDERED ...SHOW AND PARDON ALL WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED AND HAVE SEEN THEIR MISTAKES..ALL CASES THANK YOU

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