|Gov. John Hickenlooper|
Prendergast argues the clemency process has been "increasingly politicized and "used less and less" since Governor John Love "granted more than 200 pardons in his ten years on the job." Prendergast says, afterward, Governors Bill Owens and Bill Ritter then "squeezed out only a handful of pardons and commutations." Nonetheless, Owens and Ritter "seem like reckless bleeding hearts"in comparison to Governor Hickenlooper, "who has not granted any requests for pardons or sentence reductions since taking office in 2011."
Prendergast notes Hickenlooper actually issued an executive order in 2012, "reauthorizing" the State's Executive Clemency Advisory Board. Yet, he hasn't "got around" to appointing anyone to actually serve on the board! The Board is also supposed to meet every six months, but a spokesman says it has not met since "sometime in 2012."
The same spokesman says the Governor is "currently recruiting new board members" though and "holding" pardon and commutation requests meanwhile. Prendergast explains that Hickenlooper's neglect of duty may be the result of criticism he received when he granted a reprieve from execution he granted last year. Constitutional duty and mercy can, apparently wait, until the Governor is over it.
Readers may be interested in this post by Prenderghast as well.