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Condemned murderer Robert Alton Harris has withdrawn his application for a clemency hearing scheduled next week, saying in a letter to Gov.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.
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.
April 26, 1996 |
Gov. Pete Wilson on Thursday denied clemency for Keith Daniel Williams, who is scheduled to be executed next week for murdering three Merced County residents in 1978. Williams, 48, was convicted of the execution-style slayings of two cousins and the murder of the cousins' female friend. "For certain crimes, justice demands the ultimate punishment. Williams' premeditated and brutal murders of these three individuals are such crimes," Wilson said. "The time for excuses is over."
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.
March 12, 2002 |
Rebuffing pleas from British officials, a Georgia pardon board denied clemency Monday to a British citizen who has been on death row in Georgia for 16 years. The five-member Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles acted after hearing pleas on behalf of Tracy L. Housel, sentenced to death for murdering Jeanne Drew at a truck stop northeast of Atlanta.
March 5, 2001 |
Mayor Ross Anderson of Salt Lake City was packed with thousands of others on the west lawn of the Capitol, watching in the light rain as George W. Bush's inauguration officially ended Bill Clinton's eight years in office. But Anderson was preoccupied, trying desperately to get his cell phone to work. With the circuits jammed, he could not get a call out to Mickey Ibarra, Clinton's director of intergovernmental affairs.
September 29, 2004 |
Buoyed by the impending release of accused "enemy combatant" Yaser Esam Hamdi, attorneys for John Walker Lindh filed a request for clemency with the Bush administration Tuesday, asking that his 20-year sentence, the second-longest in the war on terrorism, be commuted. Lindh, a 23-year-old from Marin County who gained worldwide notoriety as the "American Taliban," has been in U.S. custody since late 2001, when he surrendered while fighting in Afghanistan.