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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.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ohio: Commutation of Sentence

Gov. John Kasich has commuted the sentence of Kelley Williams-Bolar, who was convicted on felony charges for falsifying information in order to send her children to Copley-Fairlawn City Schools instead of Akron City Schools. Kasich reduced the convictions to misdemeanors because, in his view, the penalty was "excessive." The decision follows a unanimous recommendation by the State's Parole Board to deny the 41-year old Williams-Bolar clemency. See story here.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ohio: Loud Call for Pardon!

AOL News reports that Gov. John Kasich's office "has received 165,000 petition signatures asking him to pardon a 40-year-old, single, African-American Kelley Williams-Bolar, who has already spent 10 days in jail for fraudulently enrolling her children in a more desirable school district." Her conviction could also "disqualify her from becoming a school teacher." Williams-Bolar says she registered her daughters for a school using her father's address because she "feared for their safety at their home in Akron if they were home alone after school." See story here.

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