Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Georgia: Clemency in Question

The Gainesville Times reports that the "silence" of the five-member State Board of Pardons and Paroles on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate "has stirred strong emotions in North Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly."

 A District Attorney reports that, in the clemency hearing he participated in, board members seemed focused on the fact that an “equally culpable” co-defendant did not get the death penalty.

A spokeswoman for the Governor notes that there is "a healthy distance" between the governor and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles as "the only role the governor plays in this whole process is the ability to appoint board members subject to confirmation by the state Senate."

The Times observes that state’s Open Records Act "exempts documents related to 'the deliberations and voting of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles' and [the] board may close a meeting held for the purpose of receiving information or evidence for or against clemency or in revocation proceedings if it determines that the receipt of such information or evidence in open meeting would present a substantial risk of harm or injury to a witness.”

See full story here.

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