CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992
San Diego Police Chief Bob Burgreen has told members of Gov. Pete Wilson's staff that not only should Wilson not grant convicted murderer Robert Alton Harris clemency, but also that he personally would volunteer to assist officials in helping Harris die in the gas chamber. "If they had trouble finding someone to pull the handle to drop the pill, I told them I would be happy to do it," Burgreen said Tuesday. "But I'm afraid I would have to stand in line."
September 27, 1987 |
Pope John Paul II has urged that clemency be granted to 18-year-old Death Row inmate Paula Cooper, who was convicted of stabbing to death an elderly Bible teacher. A statement issued Saturday by Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro said: "The Holy See and the Holy Father, through confidential channels, have already made known their point of view in favor of obtaining pardon for Paula Cooper, stressing the human and humanitarian aspects of the case."
December 11, 2001 |
With possibly one day left to live and the chance for mercy hinging on a final meeting of the parole board, condemned killer Byron Ashley Parker took a big chance Monday: He stood up the board. Instead of making a case about how he was a remorseful, reformed man--not the same person who strangled a little girl more than 17 years ago--Parker and his lawyers unexpectedly boycotted a clemency hearing, calling the process "a sham."
March 21, 1990 |
Condemned murderer Robert Alton Harris has withdrawn his application for a clemency hearing scheduled next week, saying in a letter to Gov. George Deukmejian that he does not believe the governor can be a fair and impartial judge of his request for mercy.
September 2, 1999 |
A House committee subpoenaed all administration records Wednesday related to President Clinton's decision to offer clemency to 16 Puerto Rican militants. Subpoenas issued by Rep. Dan Burton's Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, which were obtained by the Associated Press, seek records from the White House, the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons. Sen. Orrin G.
November 27, 2000 |
President Clinton will review pending requests for executive clemency before he leaves office in January, including that of Leonard Peltier, a Native American leader convicted of murdering two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, the White House said Sunday. "The president will focus on as many clemency cases as he can before he leaves office, and the Peltier case will be one of them," said White House spokesman Daniel Cruise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1999
The killer of a Garden Grove store owner and a clerk asked Gov. Gray Davis for clemency Tuesday. Lawyers for Jaturan "Jay" Siripongs filed a 46-page document with the governor's office, and prosecutors will submit their response in the coming days, Davis spokesman Michael Bustamante said. The state Board of Prison Terms will review both sets of documents at its next meeting--Feb. 2, one week before the scheduled execution of Siripongs.
March 24, 1994 |
President Clinton rejected the clemency request of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard on Wednesday, citing the "grave nature of his offense and the considerable damage that his actions have caused our nation." In a statement, Clinton said he had reviewed the case personally and taken note of Pollard's argument that in spying for Israel he was helping "a friendly country." But Clinton also noted that Atty. Gen. Janet Reno and law enforcement and national security agencies opposed clemency. "Mr.
June 27, 2003 |
Gov. Robert A. Taft granted clemency Thursday for the first time, sparing a man who used a new state law allowing DNA testing in death row cases to prove that blood found on his tennis shoes was his own. Jerome Campbell, whose execution had been scheduled for today, is the first condemned inmate in Ohio to receive clemency in 12 years.
February 15, 1996 |
The state Board of Prison Terms gathered behind closed doors Wednesday to weigh a clemency appeal from William G. Bonin, the convicted Freeway Killer who faces a Feb. 23 execution by lethal injection for a series of murders in Southern California that ended in 1980. The board met in private to consider its recommendation and issue a confidential written report to Gov. Pete Wilson, who is expected to announce a decision on Bonin's fate next week.