Showing posts with label Arkansas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arkansas. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Arkansas: 6 pardons

Governor Beebe has announced his intent to grant six pardons. 25 additional requests were denied. Per usual:
The six applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the commutation and pardons before final action is taken.
Among the offenses pardoned are : Theft of Property, Breaking or Entering, Shoplifting, Theft by Receiving, Criminal Mischief, and Carrying a Prohibited Weapon. See story here.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Arkansas: Five Pardons

Governor Mike Beebe, one of the very few governors who takes his constitutional duty to use the pardon power as a check and a balance - has announced his intent to grant 5 pardons. KATV Littel Rock describes them as "individuals who have demonstrated a high standard of constructive behavior following conviction." Beebe has also denied 24 applications. Per usual, the individuals to be pardoned, "have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses addressed are:  Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Delivery of Marijuana, Shoplifting, Forgery, Burglary, and Theft of Property. It is also reported that there are "no law-enforcement objections to the pardons. See story here and here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Arkansas: No Pardon for the Three

KUAR FM 89.1 reports that Governor Mike Beebe - one of the Nation's most steady dispensers of gubernatorial clemency- has no intention of granting a pardon to the three men known as the "West Memphis Three." Beebe is said to have noted that he has been lenient with persons "who have completed their sentences, including all the probation time and suspended imposition of sentence time." The Three have served almost 18 years, but Beebe says he was surprised that a recent plea deal allowed for their release. He will only grant a pardon if there is "compelling evidence" that "someone else was responsible" for the murders the men were accused of. See story here.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Arkansas: 4 Pardons

Governor Mike Beebe has announced his intention to pardon four people who were convicted of "drug or theft charges." A spokesman says all four have completed their jail time and parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines. Beebe has also rejected 22 clemency applications. In Arkansas, the public has 30 days to comment on the governor's intent to pardon. See story here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Arkansas: 11 Pardons

The Republic reports Gov. Beebe pardon 11 people. Per normal, each has "completed their jail time, met parole and probationary requirements and paid their fines." Among the convictions pardoned are battery, domestic battery, bad check writing, and eight convictions related to drug charges (possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver). Members of the public have 30 days to comment before final action is taken. See story here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Beebe 6 Pardons. No Dust.

Governor Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant six pardons. He also denied 10 requests. Per usual, the  were denied and 14 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates six recipients "have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses addressed in these pardons are assault, possession of a controlled substance, fraudulence use of a credit card, property theft, robbery, terroristic threatening, domestic battery, and commercial burglary. In Arkansas, there is a 30-day "waiting period" for public feedback on announced pardons. See article here.

Beebe is one of the few Governors who exercises the pardon power with some regularity. Given all of the noise about Mike Huckabee, one wonders why the non-controversial nature of his pardons is not given more attentions. Similarly, Governor Granholm's record pardon activity (in Michigan) must - by definition - mean were are currently in the midst of something like record non-recidivism! Where is the press? Where is all of the commentary and analysis? Answer: waiting, patiently, for the next single incident, to pretend as though pardons are just too risky!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pardons: The Unimportant Topic that Makes / Breaks Candidates

We often receive e-mails and comments which essentially make the same point: Who cares about pardons? There are so many other important things about which to be concerned. Why should anyone bother so much about the circumstances of criminals? 

Presidential election campaigns must be very odd things for persons of this mindset to behold. Consider the last go-round, in 2008:

Hillary Clinton was asked about her husband's questionable pardons when it was observed that several recipients were making donations to her campaign. When she badgered Barack Obama about his relationship with Bill Ayers, in a Nationally televised debate, Obama bluntly reminded Mrs. Clinton that her husband pardoned several of Ayers' associates in the Weather Underground. Obama was asked whether or not he would consider a pardon for Tony Rezko. Rudolph Giuliani was asked if he would pardon Bernard Kerik. Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was asked if she would pardon Senator Ted Stevens. Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said he was not to keen on the idea of a pardon for Jonathan Pollard. Every Republican candidate was asked, during the debates, how they felt about a potential pardon for Scooter Libby. And every Democratic candidate had something to say about the eventual commutation of sentence he received from George W. Bush. Mitt Romney downright bragged about the fact that he never granted pardons. Mike Huckabee was roundly criticized for granting too many.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Arkansas: 6 Pardons

Governor Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant six pardons. In addition, he has denied 27 clemency requests from both inmates and non-inmates. Each of the six has "completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offense pardoned: Battery, Domestic Abuse, Possession of Controlled Substance, Obstructing Governmental Operations, Theft by Receiving, Disorderly Conduct, Burglary, Theft of Property, Delivery of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance. See press release here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Arkansas: 9 Pardons

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced that he intends to to pardon nine clemency applicants. Beebe has also denied 83 clemency requests. It is also reported that the nine pardons were granted to individual who "have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." See story here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Huckabee on Pollard

It is reported (here) that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is calling on President Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard. Pollard has now spent 26 years in federal prison for spying on behalf of Israel. Says Huckabee:
“Right now we don’t need anything that reflects that we are anything but an absolute ally of Israel. This [freeing Pollard] would send the right message to the rest of the world, that America is not pulling back on its friendship and relationship with Israel but it is accelerating it and making sure that we are taking every step possible to solidify those bonds.”
Without referencing any particular benchmark, Huckabee also says Pollard has served a disproportionately long sentence.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Arkansas: 15 Pardons!

THV, Little Rock, reports Governor Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant 15 pardons. In addition, 29 clemency requests were denied. Per usual, all 15 recipients have "completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses addressed are: Theft of Property (1999), Possession of Controlled Substance (1989), Theft of Property (2002), Burglary, Grand Larceny (1961), Domestic Battery 3rd Degree (1998), Burglary (1986), Carrying a Weapon, Theft, Battery (1974, 1975, 1978), Possession of Controlled Substance, Forgery, Possession of Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Residential Burglary, Theft of Property (1998, 2002), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Maintaining Drug Premises and Possession with Intent to Deliver (1994), Breaking or Entering (1999, 2000), Theft of Property (2007), Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (1986), Theft of Property, Criminal Mischief (2004), Theft of Property (1990), Theft of Property, Filing a False Police Report (1999, 2001). See full story here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Huckabee on Pawlenty

HANNITY: Tim Pawlenty, now, has got to spend a lot of time dealing with this issue of a pardon. You had to deal with almost a similar issue.

HUCKABEE: Absolutely, and I will deal with it again. I was a governor 10.5 years. You deal with this stuff. Frankly, the thing that he's being hit with is very unfair. Tim Pawlenty made a tough decision. He didn't make a decision based on his ability to see into the future. He made the decision based on what he had. I'll be honest with you. The politically safe position is always to deny. Never, ever get involved in any type of clemency -- whether it's a pardon, a commutation, anything.

See story here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Arkansas: 9 Pardons

The Arkansas Democratic Gazette has announced that the Governor intends to grant nine pardons. Two dozen addtional requests were denied. The Gazette notes all nine recipients "have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses pardoned:  Theft of Property, Possession of Controlled Substance, Theft by Receiving, Possession of Meth, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Hot Check, Battery 3rd Degree, Failure to Appear, Burglary. See additional details here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Washington: Reaction to Clemmons

The Seattle Times reports the Maurice Clemmons episode has resulted in at least one piece of legislation. Engrossed Substitute House Joint Resolution 4220 (aka the "no-bail amendment") was approved with more than 85 percent of the votes. According to the Times:
... it allows a judge to deny bail to persons charged with an offense punishable by life in prison. These include a third-strike felony, rape of a child, murder or other serious crimes. Before denying bail, a judge also must find clear and convincing evidence the defendant has a propensity for violence and poses a likely danger to the public. The no-bail amendment was proposed by lawmakers in direct response to last year's killing of four Lakewood police officers.
See story here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arkansas: After the Fact Genius!

Max Brantley at the Arkansas Times' "Arkansas Blog" is still still trying to make political hay out of the Maurice Clemmons incident. He makes a seemingly great point : "But you'd search without success for Clinton clemency beneficiaries who went on to murder multiple times."

But, of course, he really shoots off the foot of his own argument. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to find any example of someone who was pardoned who "went on to murder multiple time" state or federal, anywhere in American history. That is exactly the point. The episode was a freakish and rare event.

That is exactly why we should all reject after-the fact-commentary on this matter masquerading as legitimate criticism and/or analysis. Anyone acting like they would have clearly seen what no one else saw deserves nothing but scorn and rebuke. Brantley is, evidently, no smarter than Huckabee. After all, he (Brantley) made no predictions about the murders. Nor did anyone else. That's right, not one person. I guess if Huckabee is an idiot, then we all are and Brantley should man up and stand in line with the rest of the idiots. See Brantley's comments here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Post: Beating Huckabee's Dead Horse Once More (for Cheap Thrills)

The Washington Post reports that former Governor Mike Huckabee "granted clemency" to a "killer" (Maurice Clemmons) "despite" Clemmons' record. But, before another reader trips over a long-dead horse, let it be repeated: Mike Huckabee did not grant a pardon to Maurice Clemmons. He merely commuted Clemmons' sentence, making Clemmons eligible for parole. That is to say, Huckabee granted neither pardon nor parole.

Huckabee's decision was guided, in part, by more than legitimate concerns about the potential effect of racism in the 108-year sentence Clemmons received as a 16-year old - you know, the same concern people are expressing with regard to the Scott sisters. After an examination of Clemmons' case, a State board then unanimously decided to release him.

Yet, oddly, the Post focuses on Clemmons' "record" of violence in prison, and says little or nothing critical of the Board's decision. The focus is, instead on Huckabee "a potential candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2012." That speaks for itself. See Post article here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Washington: Stumbling, Bumbling Media

The SeattlePI.com reports that "prospective 2012 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he would make the same decision" regarding Maurice Clemmons, "if given the same information he had at the time." But the author of the piece cannot create a complete paragraph without screwing up the facts:
Huckabee commented on his decision that freed Maurice Clemmons in a lengthy profile that appears in the June 28 New Yorker.
No, kucklehead. Read the 1,000 articles written on this topic and see if you can't fact check a little better. Huckabee did not "free" Clemmons in any normal sense of the English language. His commutation of sentence simply made Clemmons eligible for parole/release. An official body of individuals made the decision to release Clemmons, not Huckabee.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Arkansas: Five Pardons

Governor Beebe has announced his intention to grant 5 pardons. He has also denied 37 clemency requests and taken no action on 54 applications. It is reported that the five applicants intended for pardons "have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." There are no law enforcement objections to the pardons. Among the crimes committed by those receiving pardons: Attempted Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property, Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Person, and Battery. See full story here.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Henry Starr: A Life of Crime (Pardon and Parole)

He started robbing banks on horseback in 1893 and he ended up robbing his last in an automobile in 1921. His led a gang of bank robbers before he was twenty-one years old and, on his death bed, proudly boasted that he had robbed more banks than any man in America. His grandfather was suspected of 20 murders and his uncle rode with the James Gang. In sum, Henry Starr a.k.a. the Cherokee Bad Boy was a perfect candidate for federal executive clemency.

Starr's first arrest was for horse theft. His cousin put up two thousand dollars for bail, but Henry failed to return for trial. While making an appearance on “Wanted” posters, Starr quickly joined two others in a string of railway depot and store robberies. In an attempted arrest, he shot and killed U.S. Deputy Marshall Floyd Wilson. The last three shots apparently came at close range and after Wilson was already suffering from the effect of a wound that was probably fatal. Starr hoped on the dead Marshall’s horse and calmly rode away. Starr later justified his actions as follows: “They started the fireworks.”

Arkansas: Recommendation

62-year old Willie Mae Harris is legally blind and in the 24th year of a sentence for accidentally shooting a husband that physically abused here. Harris says she is "extremely remorseful" for her crime, which she also calls "terrible." Now the State Parole Board has unanimously recommended that her sentence be commuted so as to make her immediately made eligible for parole. Harris received a similar recommendation in 2008, but Gov. Mike Beebe took no action on the request. See story here.

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