Thursday, December 23, 2010

New York: Commutation of Sentence

Governor David A. Paterson (D) has announced that he has commuted the prison sentence of John White, who was convicted of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon (a shotgun) in the Third Degree in 2006. The commutation is conditioned, however, upon White's good behavior.

Paterson issued a statement which said that, while the case "engendered much controversy and comment" and "varying assessments of justice were perceived," the most "common feature" was "heartbreak." Patterson also recognized that his decision would be "an affront to some and a joy to others," but his objective was "only to seek to ameliorate the profound suffering that occurred as a result of this tragic event." He added that he was "committed to working to heal the pain" that the killing caused "to the affected families and community" and that "understanding, forgiveness and hope," are "the essential components of justice." See story here.

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