Friday, January 8, 2010

Michigan: Oppostition to Clemency

The Michigan Department of Corrections' parole and commutation board has set a public hearing to consider a possible commutation of sentence for 42-year old Roger Ruthruff. Rothruff was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1986 after being convicted of first degree felony murder committed during a robbery. He was 18 years old at the time of the commission of the crime, but the sentencing judge said:
"I shall never recommend parole, I shall never recommend commutation of sentence. I do not believe that society should ever again be placed at risk as the result of worrying about what conduct Mr. Ruthruff might display in the future."
Previous requests for hearings have been denied, although Ruthruff's family insists that he is a "good kid" who "just got mixed up with the wrong person." See entire article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If a Judge hears all of the facts of a case and sentences a convicted Murderer to Life without Parole, then he should serve Life without Parole. MDOC is saying that this murderer has been good in prison. All that means is he does well when someone tells him what to do and he is not causing MDOC to spend more money on him for bad behavior. Releasing Murderers so the State can save money? It is us citizens that will end up paying in the long run.

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