Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Louisiana: Rejection

WBRZ reports 73-year old Douglas B. “Swede” Dennis wields a clemency petition with "unqualified" support from a former warden, a retired FBI agent and others. But the State's Pardon Board unanimously denied the request. Dennis is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the 1957. In 1964, he received a second life sentence for the fatal stabbing of an inmate. He also escaped, in 1979, and was a fugitive for 10 years. But his attorney sought a commutation of the two life sentences to 70 years, which would make Dennis eligible for parole. See story here

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