Thursday, September 23, 2010
Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, has commuted the life-sentence of 54-year-old Clyde Timothy Bunkley to time served. As a result, Bunkley will step out of prison after serving almost 25 years! Crist later said that his decision was driven, in part, by the fact that Bunkley hurt no one, even though he was carrying a short-bladed unopened knife during a robbery. In 1997, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in a manner that disallowed life-sentences for possession of short-bladed knives during a burglary, but the decision was not applied retroactively to Bunkley. See full story here.