Friday, January 7, 2011

Colorado: 29 Acts of Clemency

Today, Governor Ritter granted 19 pardons and 10 commutations of sentence. According to this report, seven of the commutations were given to "people convicted of murder or homicide" and "four of those were juveniles at the time of their crimes." In a boiler plate statement, Ritter said, "after carefully reviewing" each of the cases, he believed that it served "the interests of justice, without compromising public safety" to grant the pardons and commutations." He also refused all requests for interviews on the topic. Ritter established the Nation's first "Juvenile Clemency Board in 2007" in order to "review commutation requests from offenders who, as juveniles, were tried, convicted and sentenced as adults." On the other hand, Friday's commutations were actually the very first that have been issued as a result.

1 comment:

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

The acts of clemency were quite selective and appeared to involve a mix of reasons. For example, in one case the key factor seemed to be that a more culpable accomplice was receiving a shorter sentence than a less culpable one, while in another there seemed to be doubt about the seriousness of the crime of conviction (a death from a car accident that may or may not have been intentional per crime of conviction, rather than reckless as argued at trial).

Some of the clemency acts left long terms still to be served, despite greatly reducing sentences.

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