Thursday, October 16, 2008

South Carolina: Pardon for Pittman

Christopher Pittman shot and killed his grandparents in November of 2001. At the time, he was a sixth grader, weighed 90 pounds and stood five-feet tall. But Pittman did not go to trial until 2005, and stood before a jury as a six-foot tall, 16-year old. His lawyer noted that, at the time of the killing, a doctor had changed Pittman's prescription to Zoloft (a drug that is not approved for children). The resulting sentence was a minimum of 30 years in prison. Judge Daniel Pieper says, “This is a very tragic case, tragic to the victim and tragic to the entire family. This case has called attention to the very core values of this society about the treatment of juveniles and punishment.” Pittman can now only look to Governor Mark Sanford and the pardon power. See story here.

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