Friday, August 9, 2013

Maryland: Clemency Clinic

The Washington Post reports that former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich is "partnering" with Catholic University for a "legal clinic on clemency." Similar such programs exist at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis) and at the University of Akron. The difference, it is said, is that this clinic will "also will take up advocacy for reforms."  It will also "include a workshop for newly elected governors and their staff."

The CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency will be part of the law school’s Innocence Project Clinic. Says the Post:
Ehrlich, who became Maryland’s first Republican governor in 36 years when he was elected in 2002, made clemency requests a priority of his administration from 2003 to 2007. Ehrlich assigned five lawyers in his office to consider clemency cases, with two of them fully devoted to them. He met with them once a month to consider cases. 
It is also reported that, in a four-year term, Ehrlich granted 227 pardons and 21 commutations, which was "far more than his predecessor" (Democratic Gov. Parris Glendening - who granted a mere 134 pardons and six medical paroles across eight years). According to the Post, Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley (who defeated Ehrlich in 2006 and 2010) has granted 105 pardons, three commutations and two medical paroles in more than six and a half years in office. See full story here.

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