Friday, June 19, 2009

Illinois: Request (and Opposition)

WREX is reporting that Michael Hoover has filed a clemency petition. Hoover was convicted with two others for the murder of 1992 murder of Bob Peters who was working in his gun shop at the time of the incident. All three men received life sentences without the possibility of parole but Hoover was recently granted a clemency hearing. WREX reports that Hoover's petition emphasizes a "troubled childhood," his earning of a GED and the fact that he "found religion." Relatives of Peters are making the effort to mount strong, formal opposition to Hoover's request, which will be reviewed next month. See story here.

It should be noted that, currently, any clemency application in the State of Illinois has less than the proverbial snowball's chance of both a recommendation and a grant. The Governor has pledged attention to a backlog of literally thousands of applications inherited from Mr. Blagojevich.

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