Saturday, January 3, 2015

Arizona: Mercy, Especially (Just About Always) for The Dying

ABC 15 reports Gov. Jan Brewer will be concluding her last year in office "by continuing her pattern of granting few clemency petitions and typically to those who are inmates on the verge of death." In 2014, she granted five commutations "for prisoners released to die with their families."

It is reported that Brewer "averaged about seven commutations per year since she took office in 2009" and "two each year typically were for reasons other than imminent death."

More notably, in 2014, Brewer rejected 12 recommendations for commutation of sentence from Arizona's Board of Executive Clemency, the individuals appointed by the State to learn / know more about each clemency application than anyone. Per her tradition, Governor Brewer gives no specific reason for her clemency decisions. In the case of William Macumber - whose guilt was in grave doubt, at least in the Board's mind - Brewer gave no explanation at all for ignoring the Board's recommendation. Good Bye Gov. Brewer. You will not be missed. See full story here.


Anonymous said...

I'm hoping the next goveror cleans up all the corruption in Arizona. The Wild Wild West is long behind us, time to evolve. Good Bye Gov. Brewer. I feel safer already.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Brewer was the smart one to reject Macumber's petition. Or are you people at in favor of letting child rapists roam free??
WHOOPS! You got this one so wrong ;)

P.S. Ruckman, Jr. said...

Well, Anon, although I do not share your apparent glee, there are a couple of things going for me.

First, infallibility has never been much of a desire on my part. I make mistakes regularly and tend to be very suspicious of persons who claim too enthusiastically to be otherwise situated.

Second, it is not intuitive to me that I was wrong about Mr. Macumber's first conviction - unless your way of thinking tells you that a second conviction, somehow or another, proves out all of the details of the first. With all due respect, I find that way of thinking fun, and great, for bar room discussions and lynching parties, but it just doesn't go much further for me. I feel safe assuming that the State Board - appointed by Brewer - that recommended clemency knew more about Macumber's case than you and I combined. It (the Board) did have an opinion about this latest conviction, because 1) it had not happened and 2) it had nothing to do with the evidence they were looking at.

If, on the other hand, you have some information which indicates the first conviction (the only thing I have ever expressed any opinion on) was correct, do share. You can post on my blog if you like. If your only "proof" is the recent conviction ... WHOOPS! I'm not impressed.

Finally, because you may not have given it much attention, this blog spent much much much more time complaining about the manner in which Brewer handled Macumber's case, and the recommendations of her own Board, than it did arguing that he was innocent. I understand that may be a subtle thing for you, but, if you make the effort to look into it, I think you may see something you have not noticed before.

In sum, if you like, congratulations on your omniscience. And that's for stooping down ti us, the little people.


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