Sunday, August 15, 2010

Maryland: The Case of Mark Farley Grant

Dan Rodricks has an editorial in the Baltimore Sun re the case of one Mark Farely Grant, who was convicted of murder at the age of 15. Rodricks notes that it was more than two years ago since professors and students at the University of Maryland School of Law finished an investigative report concluding Grant was wrongfully convicted. The report was then filed with Maryland Governor Martin O'Mally, a "no-parole-for-lifers Democrat" who, now, is "not about to exert any energy to spring a guy from prison" in an election year.

Rodrick forecfully argues that the Governor "has a duty, one could say a moral duty, to review requests for clemency and claims of wrongful conviction, particularly those that arrive on his desk with a credible foundation." But, while a commutation might deliver a "clear conscience" to the Governor, "there aren't any votes in it." Notes Rodrick:
... there's a big difference between being "soft" — instituting law enforcement or corrections policies that might be considered too lenient or prove to be flawed — and being just. Justice is something everyone embraces, across political lines, and the quest of it is honorable. You can't have justice until you get to the truth, and several pages of truth, with regard to Mark Farley Grant, went to the governor's desk more than two years ago.
See full editorial here.

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