Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Massachusetts: Denied

The Boston Globe reports Governor Deval Patrick has denied the first commutation petition to come before him since he took office . Arnold King's clemency application had the unanimous support of the State's Parole Board and support from the Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus, academics, ministers and "community" leaders. In a statement, Patrick said the following with respect to the prisoner of 36 years:
... while his disciplinary record has improved over time, it has been far from exemplary ... I must also acknowledge the egregiousness of the underlying offense, in which Mr. King shot an innocent stranger in the face, at point blank range, without provocation, only two days after another state had released him on parole for another violent crime, as well as the impact on and continuing sentiments of the victim's family.
The Globe reports King was 18 years old at the time of the murder "and high on marijuana and alcohol." See story here.

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