Sunday, February 27, 2011

Florida: Too Early in the Term for Mercy

The St. Petersburg Times is featuring a story by Steve Bousquet entitled "Dispensing tough love at the Clemency Board" which covers Governor Rick Scott's first day as Board chair, sitting "in judgment of his fellow man." The Governor is joined by the State's Attorney General and others, but Bousquet says the Governor's vote is "more powerful than any of the others" since "he must be on the prevailing side." The meeting seems to have been best summarized in this sentence:
Time and again Thursday, the panel rejected petitions for clemency, even in cases where the Florida Parole Commission staff recommended approval.
Bousquet says the Board "asked tough questions and dispensed tough love" and the view that "everybody deserves a second chance" was "nowhere in sight." See story here.

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