Sunday, November 2, 2008

Arkansas: 10 Pardons, A Notable Rejection

On Friday, Governor Mike Beebe rejected a clemency request of 54-year old Ruth Della Sumlin, who killed a man while helping her husband escape from jail in 1977. Earlier this year, the State's Parole Board voted 3-1 to recommend a commutation of her life-without-parole sentence to 36 years in prison. The application was rejected "without comment." On the other hand, Beebe announced that he intends to grant 10 pardons to individuals who have completed jail time, fulfilled all parole / probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. 27 clemency additional requests were denied. See story here and here.

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