Showing posts with label Oklahoma. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oklahoma. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Oklahoma: Rejection

This morning, the five-member state Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously to deny clemency for death row inmate Terry Lyn Short. Short's scheduled execution is June 17th. In 1995, he threw a homemade firebomb into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend and killed another tenant (a Japanese exchange student) in the process. Short told the Board (by video hookup from the penitentiary) that he did not know the man that he killed and did not intend to kill him. See story here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Oklahoma: Final Appeal

Terry Lyn Short was sentenced to death for killing a 22-year old Japanese student in Oklahoma City in 1995 and he is scheduled to die by lethal injection on June 17th. But first, the State's five-member Pardon and Parole Board will hear from Short via video link from death row. The Board will also hear presentations from Short's attorneys, the attorney general's office and anyone representing the victim. It will then decide whether to recommend clemency to Gov. Brad Henry (D). See story here.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Oklahoma: Recommendation

The State's five-member pardon and parole board has recommended that the life sentence of Norma Jane Lumpkin be commuted to time served. In 1981, Lumpkin took out a $210,000 life insurance policy on her husband and, with the help of a teenage accomplice, beat him to death with a baseball bat. The police found the body in the trunk of her car when she was pulled over for speeding. Today, Lumpkin's supporters say she suffered from "battered spouse syndrome," although a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has already considered this defense and upheld the original sentence. Some consider it noteworthy that abuse was not a central consideration during the course of the original trial. Although Lumpkin has been "written up" for misconduct three times while in prison, she is credited with having started "religious groups" during her stay. See story here.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Oklahoma: Convention to Discuss Pardons?

The Oklahoma Senate has voted 41-6 in favor of a resolution proposing a statewide vote on whether a convention should be held to consider rewriting the State's Constitution. State Senator Susan Paddack (D) says among the ideas being considered is removal of the governor from the pardon and parole process. See report here.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Oklahoma: DA Just Says "No"

District Attorney Cathy Stocker will be combating quite a few requests at this month’s meeting of the state Pardon and Parole Board. In fact, she is protesting 28 of the 29 requests on the docket that are from her district. Among those who will meet with Stocker's opposition are a man convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon (and serving 500 years) and a man convicted of DUI (who is serving a five-year sentence). Another is serving a 25-year sentence for possessing a stolen motor vehicle. "Robbery by force or fear" netted a 20-year sentence with 12 suspended for another fellow. Twelve of the requests are for drug-related charges. See story here.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Oklahoma: Report

A "comprehensive performance audit" of Oklahoma prisons made earlier this month has forwarded no less than 141 recommendations. Among them is the recommendation that the Legislature appropriate more than $25 million to secure 660 maximum-security cells and hire additional correctional and pardon and parole officers. It is also recommended that the governor be removed from the parole process in order to increase inmate releases and reduce the prison population. Oklahoma's parole rates are much lower than other states, in part, because it is the only state which requires the governor's signature on every parole request. See complete story here. A related editorial can be found here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Oklahoma to Limit Pardon Power?

The Oklahoma Sentencing Commission has adopted a recommendation calling for limitating the role of the governor in both the pardon and parole process. Commission Chairman Gus Blackwell says the State Legislature should decide all of the "specifics" but the 17 member Commission (composed of representatives from the legislature, criminal justice system and the public) wanted to express its general view on the matter. See story here.

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