Showing posts with label rejection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rejection. Show all posts

Monday, October 20, 2008

Texas: Rejection

Joseph Ries is to be executed on Tuesday. He says he was "on drugs" when he broke into a home in Texas, committed murder and stole a car. Indeed, in prison, he said he did not even remember committing the murder. There is also evidence of a long history of physical and sexual abuse as a child. But a jury took about 7 minutes to convict him and, more recently, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously rejected his request for clemency. Ries' attorney says his client got "the short end of the stick from the state at every possible level ... We've got a system that's broken and at every level it's been broken for him." See story here.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Ohio: Denied

Ohio.com reports Gov. Ted Strickland today denied clemency for 51-year old Richard Wade Cooey, who is scheduled for execution next Tuesday. Cooey was convicted of multiple rape and murder in 1986. In recent months, he has argued that his 270 pound frame and migraine headache medication complicate the ability to carry out his execution in a humane fashion. A statement from the Governor said he and his "staff" considered the application, but denied it on the basis of "proceedings, evidence, judicial decisions, Cooey's application for executive clemency, arguments for and against clemency and the unanimous recommendation against clemency by the Ohio Parole Board." See story here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Georgia: Rejection

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the five-member State Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for convicted killer Jack Alderman. As a result, the 57-year old who has been sitting on "death row" for over thirty years will be executed this evening, at 7 p.m. See story here.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Alderman's execution would be the 21st of 2008 - the others being:

1. William Lynd, GA
2. Earl Berry, MS
3. Kevin Green, VA
4. Curtis Osborne, GA
5. David Hill, SC
6. Karl Chamberlain, TX
7. Terry Short, OK
8. James Reed, SC
9. Robert Yarbrough, VA
10. Mark Schwab, FL
11. Carlton Akee Turner, TX
12. Kent Jermaine Jackson, VA
13. Dale Leo Bishop, MS
14. Derrick Sonnier, TX
15. Christopher Emmett, VA
16. Larry Davis, TX
17. Jose Medellin, TX
18. Heliberto Chi, TX
19. Leon Dorsey, TX
20. Michael Rodriguez, TX

Friday, September 12, 2008

Georgia: Rejection

The Atlanta Journal Constitution and WABE report that the State Board of Pardons and Paroles today refused to grant clemency to "convicted cop killer" Troy Anthony Davis "even though seven of the nine witnesses against him have since recanted." The regional director for Amnesty International is said to be "bewildered" by the Board's decision which came only hours after a hearing on the matter. See story here and here.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Georgia: Hearing Denied

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the state Board of Pardons and Paroles has decided that it will not grant a clemency hearing for Jack Alderman who is scheduled for execution on September 16. Alderman killed his wife for insurance money in 1974, but it is reported that his lawyer insists he has been a "a model inmate, serving as a peacemaker and mentor to the other inmates on death row." See article here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ohio: Rejection

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the seven member Ohio Parole Board will recommend that 41-year old Richard Wade Cooey be executed on October 14 (see previous PardonPower post here). It is also reported that the Board's recommendation will be unanimous. See story here.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hawaii: Denial

A story that was really more about judicial decision making than it was about the pardon power seems to have come to an end. Governor Linda Lingle has denied the pardon application of Sgt. 1st Class Ernie Gomez who was convicted of terrorizing his former wife with a loaded gun and beating her three years ago. Previous reports suggest the Army provided particular support for Gomez and his former wife even pleaded on his behalf. So, Gomez was allowed to remain outside of prison during his appeal and during his quest for pardon. Now it appears he is on his way to a five-year term. See story here.

Arkansas: 2 Pardons. Rejections

Governor Mike Beebe has pardoned two people and denied clemency or taken no action on the applications of 73 others. people. Among the denials were two convicted killers. In 2006, the State Parole Board actually recommended clemency for Kenneth L. Slocum, who says he is innocent of the murder for which he was charged. The recommendation of the Board was that his sentence be commuted to 15 years. The Board also recommended that Roger Hobgood be made eligible for parole immediately. Hobgood, is serving a life sentence for the death of his former mother-in-law. See story here.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oklahoma: Rejection

The Associated Press reports the State Pardon and Parole board has voted unanimously to reject clemency for Jesse James Cummings Jr. who is scheduled to be executed next month. Cummings, who maintains his innocence, was convicted of murdering his 11-year-old niece. See story here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Texas: Request Denied

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a request for either a commutation of sentence or a reprieve for Jose Medellin, who is scheduled to be executed this evening. A statement was issued which read in part:
... After reviewing the clemency application submitted by Jose Ernesto Medellin’s attorneys and all relevant documents, the board members decided by a majority vote not to recommend a commutation of sentence from death to life or a 240-day reprieve.
Medellin was sentenced to death for participation in the gang-rape and murder of two girls, who were but 14- and 16-years old. The verdict was appealed to the International Court of Justice because Medellin should have been provided access to his country’s consular officials. That court agreed that Medellin and others like him on death row in the United States should have new hearings. President Bush has even asked states to "review" such cases. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, however, that the President and the International Court of Justice cannot force their will on the State of Texas. And Governor Rick Perry and state attorney general Greg Abbott believe the execution should be carried out. See more on this story here.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Arkansas: 5 Pardons, 23 Denials, 47 No Actions

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intention to grant 5 pardons. He also denied 23 requests for clemency and took no action on 47 others. The Arkansas News Bureau reports one of the denials involved a man who shot and killed his his estranged wife back in 1973. Bill Nelson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and the denial is reported to be "the third time a governor has gone against a state Parole Board recommendation that Nelson be granted executive clemency." The offenses involved in the five pardons were: assault with intent to commit robbery (1970), possession of a controlled with intent to deliver (1999), possession of marijuana and having no automobile insurance (1998), breaking and entering (1976), aggravated assault (1994) and theft of property (1997). The governor said all five of the persons pardoned had completed their sentences and have not been charged with a crime since." See story here.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Virginia: Rejection. Another Execution.

Kent Jermaine Jackson was put to death tonight for a murder of a 79-year old woman that was committed in 2000. The 26-year old was executed by injection. According to the Associated Press, his last words were,"You all can't kill me. I'm the king. Remember me like you remember Jesus. I'll be back."

Joseph M. Dorsett was also charged in connection with the same murder, but only sentenced to 135 years in prison. Jackson's lawyers contended that Dorsett was the actual killer and a clemency petition emphasizing this point was sent to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. The Governor responded:

"Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts. Accordingly, I decline to intervene."
It is reported that the execution was the 101st execution in Virginia since the death penalty was allowed to resume by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976. See story here and here.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Arkansas: Denial

Gov. Mike Beebe has denied Heath Stocks' application for a commutation of sentence. Stocks, who killed his mother, father and younger sister, was seeking to become eligible for parole. A spokesman for the governor provided no explanation for the decision. See story here.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Virginia: Rejection

The Washington Post is reporting on the clemency request of Robert Stacy Yarbrough, who was executed last night.

Kaine declined yesterday to block Yarbrough's execution, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene, although Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg would have granted a stay, the court said.

In a statement, Kaine said: "The trial, verdict, and sentence have been reviewed in detail by various state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Virginia, a United States Magistrate, a United States District Court Judge, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Supreme Court of the United States also has denied Yarbrough's petition for review."

Kaine continued: "Having carefully reviewed the Petition for Clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury, and then imposed and affirmed by the courts. Accordingly, I decline to intervene."

See complete story here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Oklahoma: Rejection

Terry Lyn Short, 47, is scheduled to die via lethal injection at 6 p.m., Tuesday, for the firebomb killing of a Japanese student 13 years ago. Short threw the device into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend, who lived below the student, who was asleep at the time. Short admitted, for the first time publicly, that he threw the firebomb at a clemency hearing last month, but claimed he did not intend to kill the student, whom he did not know. Nonetheless, the Pardon and Parole Board unanimously rejected his clemency bid. See story here.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Florida: Rejection

68-year old Krishna Maharaj denies that he killed Derrick Moo-Young and his son Duane in a Miami hotel in 1986. No less than five alibi witnesses stepped forward to say that he was 30 miles away from the scene of the murders. But Maharaj, once a millionaire businessman and the second biggest racehorse owner in the UK, was sent to "death row," where he remained 15 years. Then, in 2002, his death sentence was commuted to life in prison. Now, Governor Charlie Crist (R) and the state clemency board have denied a request for additional clemency, and freedom. See story here.

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

Virginia: Rejection

The Washington Post reports:

Convicted killer Kevin Green was scheduled to be put to death at 9 p.m. Earlier tonight, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down his request for a stay of execution and Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) denied a petition for clemency. He said he had carefully reviewed the case but found "no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury.''

See story here.

Friday, May 16, 2008

South Dakota: Denial

The South Dakota parole board has denied Debra Jenner parole for the 8th time. It is reported that at least one board member thinks the "grisly nature" of her crime is her biggest obstacle. Governor Bill Janklow commuted Jenner's life sentence without parole to 100-years after she admitted killing her 3-year-old daughter (see other details here). Jenner told members of the parole board she could land a job doing data entry in Pierre if she were to be released early. See story here.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Arizona: Rejection

On May 1, PardonPower reported on the clemency request of 78-year-old Max Dunlap, who was convicted of the 1976 car-bomb murder of Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic reporter. The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency has since denied Dunlap's commutation request despite the fact that he claims to be innocent. Dunlap is not eligible for parole until 2014. His family members said he should be released from prison because of his poor health, but Bolles' daughter said he should remain in prison.

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