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March 21, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Condemned murderer Robert Alton Harris has withdrawn his application for a clemency hearing scheduled next week, saying in a letter to Gov.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.
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NEWS
September 2, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 27, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
March 24, 1994 | PAUL RICHTER and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
February 15, 1996 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 26, 1996 | From Associated Press
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."
NEWS
March 12, 2002 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 5, 2001 | RICHARD A. SERRANO and STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2004 | Richard A. Serrano and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sidestepped questions Wednesday from reporters who asked if he agreed with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent decision to reduce the prison sentence of 21-year-old Esteban Nuñez, the son of former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez. Villaraigosa called the case, in which Esteban Nuñez pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2008 stabbing death of a San Diego man, a "tragedy all the way around. " The mayor, who has been a close ally of Schwarzenegger and Fabian Nuñez, also said that "everybody recognizes that when you lose a son, that's a horrible thing.
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