January 12, 1992 |
J. Michael Keating pulls into town and goes directly to jail. There he becomes both judge and jury, an all-powerful ruler of a rat-infested roost--part politician, part warden, part social worker. Keating is a special master, one of at least six around the nation. They are usually lawyers with corrections experience called in by federal judges after a court ruling demands improved prison conditions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1986 |
A former administrative assistant to Rep. Robert E. Badham (R-Newport Beach) has been named to serve on the California Youthful Offender Parole Board, the governor's office in Sacramento announced this week. Gov. George Deukmejian appointed Nancy B. Dooley, 40, of El Toro to fill a vacancy on the state board. Dooley, now a self-employed consultant for special projects and events, worked for Badham from 1973 to 1981. She was an executive secretary for the Sacramento Union from 1966 to 1969.
December 1, 2000 |
The Senate Rules Committee on Thursday approved two nominees by Gov. Gray Davis to four-year terms on the vacancy-plagued state parole board. The committee of three Democrats and two Republicans cleared Sharon L. Lawin of La Verne and Alfred R. Angele of Los Angeles for expected confirmation by the full Senate on Monday. Davis nominated Lawin, a former executive director of the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Assn., in November 1999.
February 3, 1998 |
A state board unanimously rejected Karla Faye Tucker's bid for clemency Monday, leaving only the Supreme Court and the governor with the power to halt the pickax killer's scheduled execution today. Despite pleas of mercy, the gruesome nature of her crime left the Board of Pardons and Paroles with no qualms, rejecting her plea, 16-0, with two abstentions, board chairman Victor Rodriguez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2007 |
Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle has been appointed to the state parole board, the governor's office said Wednesday. Doyle, 54, of Murrieta, surprised staff members and other county officials last week when he announced that he would resign to take the post. He joined the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in 1975 and was elected sheriff in 2002 with 66% of the vote. He cruised to a second term in 2006 with 72% of the vote.
August 3, 2001 |
American Fulbright scholar John Edward Tobin won a recommendation that he be released as early as today from the Russian prison where he is serving a drug sentence, and Russian authorities appeared eager to end his high-profile imprisonment. Tobin, 24, became eligible for parole Thursday, and the parole board unanimously recommended he be released, satisfied by his behavior at the prison in the southern town of Rossosh.
March 16, 2000 |
Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday named a former Los Angeles police lieutenant to head the state parole board. David A. Hepburn, 49, has been a member of the nine-member board since August. As its chairman, he will receive a salary of $99,343. Hepburn's appointment comes two days after Davis failed in his effort to reappoint the former chairman, James W. Nielsen. A onetime Republican state senator initially placed on the board by former Gov. Pete Wilson, Nielsen had served as chairman since 1991.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1990 |
The California parole board dangled a complete parole victory before ex-Black Panther radical John Spain on Wednesday but pulled back when one member of the panel asked for further review by the entire board in September. For now, however, Spain, who has been out of prison for two years, was found suitable for parole in the unprecedented hearing at Vacaville State Prison. At the request of one member of the three-person panel, the full nine-member board will review the decision Sept.
July 23, 2001 |
In a surprising series of decisions, the state parole board is quietly defying California's law-and-order governor and setting some murderers and kidnappers free. Gov. Gray Davis' approach to parole has drawn fire from inmate advocates and some judges, who contend that he has a blanket policy against releasing prisoners convicted of homicide.
May 26, 1994 |
James Earl Ray lost his bid for freedom Wednesday when a parole board rejected claims that he did not kill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and that he was pressured into pleading guilty. At his first parole hearing in 25 years, Ray claimed his lawyer convinced him that he already had been convicted by the news media and that pleading guilty in return for 99 years in prison was better than risking a trial and possible death sentence. "First, I didn't kill Dr. King," Ray said.