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

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Arkansas: 7 Pardons

Governor Mike Beebe, who routinely grants pardons without controversy, has announced his intent to grant seven pardons. Beebe also denied 54 clemency requests. The seven applicants "have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offense addressed in the pardons:  Burglary, Theft of Property, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Hot Check, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver. See more information here.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Arkansas: Commutation Recommendations

The Associated Press reports that the State's Parole Board has recommended commutation of sentences for two "convicted killers" who are serving life sentences. One is said to be in his 70s and heading toward his 50th year in prison. He killed a liquor store owner "over a $14.80 cent discrepancy in a paycheck." The second man is reported to have killed another individual "during an argument over illegal drugs." See story here.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Arkansas: 7 Pardons

Gov. Mike Beebe has granted pardons to seven people convicted in "burglary, breaking and entering and drug-related cases." Per usual, "each of the seven people has completed all required jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to the sentences." See story here.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Arkansas: 7 Pardons

Arkansas Now reports that Governor Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons. Beebe also denied 61 clemency requests. The seven recipients have all "completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses addressed in the pardons:  Possession of Methamphetamine, Carrying a Weapon, Theft of Property, Burglary, Possession of Cocaine, Breaking and Entering, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substances and Possession of Stolen Property. See story here.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Arkansas: 6 Pardons

It is reported that Governor Mike Beebe intends to pardon 6 people. He has denied 21 additional requests. 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. ... all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law-enforcement objections to the application ...
See full story here.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Arkansas: 7 Pardons 1 Commutation

Governor Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons. There are no law enforcement objections any of the applications. In addition to the pardons, Beebe also intends to grant a commutation of sentence and has denied 30 clemency requests. Per usual:
The seven 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 addressed:  Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia , Breaking or Entering, Theft of Property , Harassment, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Delivery of Marijuana, Shoplifting, Theft , Criminal Use of Prohibited Weapon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Diazepam, and Drug Paraphernalia. See story here and here.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Arkansas: Focus on Beebe

Maggie Clark of Stateline, has written an excellent piece on the pardon practices of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Clark reports that, in his six-year tenure, "Beebe has pardoned 529 individuals, usually issuing a few pardons each month to minor drug offenders convicted more than 10 years ago. The process is a routine part of Beebe’s job." But, unfortunately:
... Beebe’s pardoning practices are increasingly rare among governors, who fear political backlash if a pardoned criminal should reoffend. 
There follows an informative discussion of the pardon power in the various states. We highly recommend this piece! See full story here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Arkansas: Five Pardons

The Associated Press reports Gov. Mike Beebe intends to pardons five persons "who have completed their sentences for various crimes." The five have also met "parole or probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses addressed in the grants are: theft, drug, burglary and larceny, assault and resisting arrest. See story here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Arkansas: 2 Pardons

Arkansas Online reports Governor Beebe will pardon two persons convicted of drug or burglary charges. per usual, "both people have paid their fines and completed jail time and parole and probationary requirements."   Beebe also rejected 36 clemency applications. See story here.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Arkansas: 7 Pardons

The Associated Press reports that Governor Mike Beebe intends to pardon 7 convicts. Per usual, the 7 have "completed all jail time and all parole and probation requirements in addition to paying all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses addressed are: "drug crimes" and domestic battery. See full story here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Arkansas: 7 Pardons

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced intent to grant 7 pardons. An additional 53 clemency requests were denied. Per usual, the seven have completed their jail time, paid fines related to their sentences and fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements. See story here.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Arkansas: 8 Pardons

It is reported that Mike Beebe intends to issue eight pardons. Per usual, each has completed jail sentences, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. See story here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Arkansas: 5 Pardons

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe - who has a steady of habit of granting non=controversial pardons - has announced that he will grant five pardons. Per usual, "each of the five that the governor intends to pardon have completed all jail time, paid all fines and have fulfilled all parole and probation requirements." Among the offenses addressed are: theft of property, theft of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary, theft and criminal mischief and battery. See more here.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Arkansas: 9 Pardons

Governor Mike Beebe has announced that he will grant 9 pardons. It is also announced that he has denied 24 clemency requests. Per usual, the 9 pardon applicants have "completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offenses addressed are: Residential Burglary, Theft of Property, Burglary, Grand Larceny, Possession of an Instrument of Crime, Delivery of Marijuana, Delivery of LSD, Theft by Receiving, Battery, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In each instance, there have been no further violations of law and none of the applications are objected to by law enforcement.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Arkansas: 7 Pardons

WREG Channel 3, Memphis reports Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has announced that he intend to grant seven pardons. An additional 28 clemency requests were denied. Per usual, the seven applicants have all "completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences." Among the offense addressed are: Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia , Breaking or Entering, Theft of Property, Theft of Property, Burglary, Possession of Cocaine and Drug Paraphernalia,  Theft of Property,  Forgery, Delivery of Cocaine. There are no law enforcement objections to any of these applications. See story here.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Arkansas: 7 Pardons

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant pardons to seven convicts. Per usual each person "has completed his or her jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements, paid all fines and that there were no objections from law enforcement." Among the offenses addressed are: burglary, theft and possession drug paraphernalia; theft by receiving; theft and robbery; possession of methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; and delivery of marijuana. The public has 30 days to comment on the pardons before they are final.

See how really each it can be Mississippi? See story here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bernard Goldberg's Unmerciful Ignorance

In this wildly unimpressive piece, Bernard Goldberg tries his hand at analysis of the clemency power which the Federalist Papers deemed so important to our system of criminal justice. Goldberg is no clemency expert, or even a student of the topic. He just knows what he reads in the newspapers, when freakish and rare "pardon scandals" attract the attention of everyone else. Imagine the quality that is about to follow!

First, Goldberg starts a ripping on Haley Barbour - thanks, Haley, you have done the pardon power so much good! Of course, this blog has done quite a bit of Haley Barbour ripping - but always at the expense of Haley Barbour, never at the expense of the pardon power. Golberg says "when Governor Haley Barbour pardoned a number of murderers on his last day in office, he was acting in the proud tradition of several other political hacks."

The impressive list that follows? Four names. Bill Clinton, Michael Dukakis, Mike Huckabee and George Ryan. Yep, no mention of Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush or Reagan. Go figure.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Arkansas: 7 Pardons

It is reported that Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon seven people who were convicted of "drug, trespass or battery charges." Per usual, "all seven people have paid their fines and completed jail time and parole; probationary requirements." It is also reported that Beebe has rejected 26 additional clemency requests. The public has 30 days to comment on the governor's pardon plans before they become official. See story here.

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Top Ten Clemency Stories of 2011

10. The West Memphis Three - The Three served almost 18 years before a plea deal allowed for their release. But, Governor Mike Beebe - one of the Nation's most steady dispensers of gubernatorial clemency - announced that he had no intention of granting a pardon. And he will only grant a pardon if there is "compelling evidence" that "someone else was responsible" for the murders the men were accused of.

9. 100,000 Application Backlog in Florida - The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, a group which aims to have the State's Board of Executive Clemency "simplify" (and speed up) the application process estimates a backlog of 100,000 applications!

8. December Clemency - A study published by the author of this blog, in White House Studies, shows that 1 of every 2 pardons and commutations of sentence granted over the last 39 years has been granted in a single month: December.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Arkansas: 6 More Pardons

The Republic reports Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he plans to pardon six people. Per usual, "all six people have paid their fines and completed jail time and parole-and-probationary requirements." Among the offenses addressed are breaking or entering and theft of property, drug charges and carrying a weapon. It is also reported that Beebe rejected 28 clemency requests. See story here.

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