Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Michigan: Call for Clemency

At the Detroit Free Press, Jeff Gerritt is calling on Governor Jennfier Granholm to commute the sentence of Efran Paredes Jr., who was convicted as a juvenile to life in prison without possibility of parole. Gerritt says Paredes is "probably innocent" of the crime he was convicted of "when he was too young to vote or buy a pack of cigarettes." He adds that Paredes:
... writes, translates braille and maintains a good institutional record. If released, he wants to continue working with the visually impaired. He has become an emotionally and spiritually mature adult. Nothing in this man, either before the crime or since, suggests he would do anything but contribute to society.
On the other hand Gerritt wonders whether Granholm has the "courage" to commute the sentence. See editorial here.

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