Thursday, March 12, 2009

Washington: A Tie Vote?

Cal Coburn Brown, who raped and murdered a woman 18 years ago, is scheduled to be executed this Friday. So the recent decision of the State Clemency and Pardons Board was about critical as it could be. Brown's lawyers also raised the issue of their client's sanity at the hearing. But the problem is that some wacko composed the Board with an even number of members and - you guessed it - the Board has rendered a tie vote (2-2). Now, it would appear, the matter is squarely on the shoulders of Governor Chris Gregorie. Meanwhile, the state's Supreme Court and a federal judge are considering separate requests for a stay of execution. See story here.

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