Showing posts with label Alaska. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alaska. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Alaska: Clemency, 1959-Present

Governor
Party
From
To
Applications
Granted
% Granted
Egan
Dem
Jan 1959
Dec 1966
472
96
20.33
Hickel
Rep
Dec 1966
Jan 1969
93
22
23.65
Miller
Rep
Jan 1969
Dec 1970
46
4
8.70
Egan
Dem
Dec 1970
Dec 1974
142
13
9.15
Hammond
Rep
Dec 1974
Dec 1982
101
13
12.87
Sheffield
Dem
Dec 1982
Dec 1986
127
13
10.23
Cowper
Dem
Dec 1986
Dec 1990
161
13
8.07
Hickel
Rep
Dec 1990
Dec 1994
88
5
5.68
Knowles
Dem
Dec 1994
Dec 2002
102
2
1.96
Murkowski
Rep
Dec 2002
Dec 2006

7

Palin
Rep
Dec 2006
July 2009

0

Parnell
Rep
July 2009
present

0

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Alaska: A Case for Clemency

Jill Burke at the Alaska Dispatch has a great piece on 35-year old Brian Petrilla, who became a convicted bank robber at the age of 17. Petrilla says there is "no excuse" for what he did. He served his time, went to college, married and had children. Now he serves as a juvenile probation officer on the staff of the very same institution where he was incarcerated! But, now, there is just one thing the "reformed armed robber" wants: forgiveness, from the Governor.

Burke says the case "raises questions about the goals of Alaska’s justice system" and "reveals a deficiency in the state’s clemency policies." Petrilla's story is one of a rehabilitated violent offender who, years later, returned to the same youth facility where he served his sentence. This time he entered as a staff member. But ...
Despite his achievements and the fact that his criminal past doesn’t appear in background checks (juvenile records are confidential), Petrilla has encountered employment obstacles. He once hoped he might become a border guard, but was turned down when, during the application process, he was required to disclose his full criminal history. He could choose to lie but doesn’t, he said. His wife would like to run a home day care but can’t because of Petrilla’s past.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Alaska: Senator Supports Pardon of Former Senator

KTUU Channel 2 (NBC) reports Sen. Lisa Murkowski has asked President Bush to pardon former Sen. Ted Stevens. But, as of Friday, the Department of Justice says no formal application has been filed. KTTU says Murkowski's request "is a reversal of sorts." On December 8, at a joint press conference, both of Alaska's senators said they would not ask Bush for a pardon of Stevens. See story here.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Alaska: Stevens? What?

The Anchorage Daily News has a story with this headline: BUSH PARDON FOR STEVENS ISN'T OUT OF THE QUESTION. The story then follows with this observation:

But it's unclear whether Stevens even intends to ask for a pardon -- and the prospect of Bush circumventing his customary clemency procedures to pardon Stevens is unlikely. It's even less likely under a Democratic president.
OK. Maybe they do things different up there in Alaaska, but we read that to mean Stevens never really was in "the question," except in the minds of those with the most extraodrinary imaginations. The "prospect" of cirumventing customary procedures" is news, eh? Well, let's keep that prospect fresh in our minds all through the next administration, shall we? See "story" here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Watch List: Stevens Not in the Pardon Pool

We placed Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R) on our Pardon Watch List very grudglingly (see previous commentary in PardonPower posts here and here). But, today, The Hill reports that Stevens will not be seeking a presidential pardon. We never really expected that he would and we seriously doubt that the president will grant an unrequested pardon. See story here.

UPDATE: The Crypt asked Stevens to elaborate on his decision not to seek a pardon from President Bush. Stevens responded, "I didn’t say anything about that at all. I said nothing about it. No comment, that’s all. I have no comment." PardonPower remains unconvinced Bush will be granting a pardon to Stevens.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Campaign 08: New Pardon Standards for Palin

The Anchorage Daily News suggests that the following question be asked of Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin:
Sen. Ted Stevens' trial is still pending; he has declined to say whether he would accept a pardon from President Bush before he leaves office Jan. Do Alaska voters deserve an answer to that question before they cast their vote for or against Stevens in November? What is your position on a president pardoning a public official before a jury has ruled on guilt or innocence?
The logic, of course, is that we (the American people) need/deserve to know how Palin feels about these matters - even though she will not have the pardon power as vice-president. No, she is just one step away from the presidency, so we must see what kind of president she would be and how she would use the pardon power and for whom.

Which raises this obvious question: Where were all of the questions about the use of the pardon power for Al Gore, who was a vice-presidential candidate in 1992 and 1996 and a presidential candidate in 2000? Did anyone ever ask him about the Marc Rich pardon, or a dozen others, which were granted when he was vice-president, a mere heartbeat from the presidency? Did anyone ask him any specific questions about specific cases in the aftermath of one of the greatest pardon scandals in history? PardonPower certainly welcomes this new level of scrutiny/prurient interest in pardons. But we also hope that it is a consistent, rather than intermittent, feature of the press. See story here.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Alaska: Palin and the Pardon Power

In honor of John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for the vice-presidency, PardonPower found this article from February 20, 2007:

Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin today signed Senate Bill 46 and House Bill 69. The Governor was joined by Senator Donny Olson and Representative Ralph Samuels at the bill signing.

Senate Bill 46 extends the deadline for coastal communities to revise their plans for environmental oversight and development. By signing SB 46, coastal districts will have until September 1, 2007, to revise their plans. Without this extension, 12 districts that make up 70 percent of Alaska’s coastline are in jeopardy of losing their ability to have local involvement in their coastal areas.

“I thank Senator Olson for sponsoring this bill,” said Governor Palin. “I know that these coastal districts have worked hard on their revised plans and by extending the deadline, we can ensure they will not lose local control.”

House Bill 69 now makes it mandatory for the governor and the Board of Parole to work together to ensure any decision on clemency is based on a thorough review of the case, and made in deference to victims and their families.

“In a perfect world, this bill wouldn’t be necessary,” said Governor Palin. “Unfortunately, we all know why such legislation has come through with unanimous support and why I sign this bill without hesitation.”

In his final hours in office, Governor Murkowski granted an executive pardon to a company convicted of criminally negligent homicide. Whitewater Engineering Corporation pleaded no contest in 2001 to the charge in connection with the 1999 death of one of its employees. The pardon was granted on November 30, 2006. No one from the Murkowski administration notified the victim’s family of the request for clemency or that the pardon was granted.

HB 69 not only ensures that victims of crimes are notified of the governor’s intent to grant clemency but also allows them to become part of the process.

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