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May 18, 2010
When the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that executing juveniles amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, the author of the majority opinion, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, made two convincing arguments: that juveniles are less capable of appreciating the consequences of their actions than are adults (something every parent knows) and that putting them to death violated "evolving standards of decency." On Monday the court, again in an opinion by Kennedy, rightly concluded that the same considerations make it unconstitutional to sentence minors to life in prison without the possibility of parole for offenses other than murder.
June 19, 2003 | From Reuters
Jailed British author and former Conservative Party Deputy Chairman Jeffrey Archer has been granted parole and will be released next month, British authorities said Wednesday. Archer, 63, author of such international bestsellers as "Kane and Abel" and "Honor Among Thieves," was jailed in July 2001 for perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. From Reuters
February 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
There appears to be little chance of parole this year for Zachariah Chiaia, who was 18 when he helped beat a homeless man to death at a downtown park. Chiaia, 27, is serving a second-degree murder sentence of 15 years to life for the 1993 attack. Salinas Valley State Prison officials have written to the parole board, saying he "poses a serious threat to public safety." Their reports list more than a dozen incidents of misconduct.
August 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
John Lennon's killer was denied parole for a fifth time by a board that said he remained a threat to the public. Mark David Chapman will remain in Attica Correctional Facility for at least two more years for gunning down the former Beatle on a Manhattan sidewalk in 1980. Chapman, 53, has been in prison for 27 years since pleading guilty to the murder, which he has said he committed to gain attention. He became eligible for parole in 2000 after serving 20 years of a maximum life sentence.
June 24, 1987
Juan Corona, who has served 14 years in prison for the 1971 killings of 25 migrant farm workers near Yuba City, was denied parole for the second time. State Board of Pardons spokesman Edmund Tong said Corona was an "unreasonable risk to the public." The three-member board, meeting at Soledad Prison, cited Corona's "horrendous homicides, the evidence of extensive premeditation and inexplicable motive" as reasons for keeping him behind bars.
December 6, 1986 | Associated Press
A man convicted of killing two guards during a 1971 San Quentin prison uprising failed to win parole Friday on an earlier murder sentence, squelching his hopes for release next week after 20 years behind bars. The state Board of Prison Terms denied parole for Johnny Spain, who was sentenced to life in prison for a Los Angeles murder and robbery in 1966 when he was 17. The parole might have cleared the way for his release on bail in light of the Sept.
Saying residents here are still reeling from the bloody shootout last week, two Los Angeles city councilmen are protesting the relocation of a parole office to the same bullet-scarred neighborhood. Richard Alarcon and Joel Wachs plan to join forces with North Hollywood residents today to condemn state officials for moving a parole office from Sherman Oaks to a building a few blocks from the site of the bloody shooting.
January 12, 2014 | By Andrew Hill
When Dennis Kozlowski leaves prison on parole this week, having served more than eight years for 22 felonies, he will find comfort in Catherine Neal's new book. But for everyone else, the account, which declares the former Tyco chief executive innocent of stealing from the conglomerate, is disappointing. Neal's book, "Taking Down the Lion: The Triumphant Rise and Tragic Fall of Tyco's Dennis Kozlowski," is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Kozlowski's name is embedded in the history of the U.S. corporate scandals that began with the collapse of Enron in late 2001.
December 13, 1985
Parole was denied again for the two brothers who nine years ago kidnaped 26 Chowchilla school children and imprisoned them with their driver in a buried moving van. The victims made their way to safety nearly 17 hours later. The state Board of Prison Terms, after an 8 1/2-hour meeting in San Luis Obispo, said James Schoenfeld, 34, and his brother, Richard, 31, were unsuitable for release "because of the callous nature of the offense."
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