Thursday, June 24, 2010

Arizona: Plea for Clemency

William Lee is 75 years old. In the summer of 2006, he fatally shot an ATV rider and was charged with negligent homicide. He is now being asked to be released from prison even though he is just halfway through his six-year sentence. It is reported that Lee, who is quite ill, has sent a handwritten application to the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency - which has to be an awkward place to work these days. Governor Brewer rarely grants clemency to anyone, regardless of the reasoning, or the vote, of the Board (whose members are selected by the State's governor). Recently, the Board unanimously recommended clemency to a man (William Macumber) it believed is actually innocent and has been wrongfully imprisoned by the state for more than 30 years! Brewer rejected the Board's recommendation without any explanation whatsoever. A local television reporter and a notable writer for the New York Times couldn't get any more respect from Brewer.

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