Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Louisiana: Rejection

Douglas “Swede” Dennis appeared before the five-member State Pardon Board earlier this month. Dennis is currently serving two life-sentences in the penitentiary for the 1957 "stomping death" of an IRS employee who was thrown into a jail's "drunk tank" with Dennis and the 1964 fatal stabbing of a fellow inmate who, according to Dennis, was threatening him. Dennis also escaped and was a fugitive (albeit law-abiding citizen) from 1979 to 1989.

Now, Dennis is 73-years old and he has experienced triple-bypass heart surgery. He also writes for a prison magazine and has co-edited a criminal justice textbook. A retired warden and a retired FBI agent supported his application for a commutation of sentence. But the request was denied by a unanimous vote. See story here.

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