Sunday, April 8, 2012

California: Commutation of Sentence for Baby Shaker

The L.A. Times reports Gov. Jerry Brown has commuted the 15 years-to-life prison sentence of Shirley Ree Smith, a 51-year-old woman convicted of shaking her infant grandson to death 15 years ago. Brown said he had "significant doubts" about her guilt in the death of a 7 week old child. The Times also reports: "the commutation of Smith's sentence to time served was Brown's first grant of clemency in this term as governor and that he granted only one other during his first two terms as governor. Gov. Ronald Reagan, by contrast, issued 17 commutations while in office." See story here.

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