Friday, January 14, 2011

California: Restrict the Pardon Power?

It is reported that State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor is "proposing a constitutional amendment restricting the power of the governor to grant a pardon, reprieve or commutation." According to the report, the proposed amendment "would require the governor to give interested parties at least 30 days' notice before granting the pardon, reprieve or commutation." The sponsor says that he is "appalled" by former Governor Arnold Scwartzenegger's commutation of sentence for Esteban Nunez. He says the commutation "breaches a moral duty, is transparently political and severely undermines victims' rights in our state." See story here.

1 comment:

John Thacker said...

Apparently Deval Patrick is doing an about-face on paroles, firing the entire parole board and filing legislation to restrict it in the wake of a prisoner who was serving three life sentences being released in 2008, and then killing a cop Dec. 26, 2010

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