Thursday, October 23, 2008
The Toledo Blade reports attorney for 53-year old Gregory L. Bryant-Bey made "little effort" at a clemency hearing last week "to argue that he was innocent and instead focused largely on his upbringing, saying that this, and a history of drug and alcohol abuse, contributed to the man he became." And the argument "didn’t sway" the seven member board, which expressed its discontent that Bryant-Bey did "not accept full responsibility for the crimes of conviction" (a murder in 1992). The request for a commutation of the death sentence to life in prison was thus unanimously rejected by the Board, which has supported only one such request (of 34) since 1999. See story here.