Bill addresses release of terminally ill inmates
The Board of Executive Clemency would no longer have to seek out a governor’s signature to grant release to inmates with terminal illnesses and would generally expand the power of the board to grant medical release under a proposed bill.
Clemency advocates push for more attention, resources, additional board member
When it comes to recommendations from the Board of Executive Clemency, advocates for clemency say former Gov. Doug Ducey fell short in responding to requests for pardons and commutations.
Condemned prisoner argues for clemency
As the execution of Clarence Dixon draws near, his attorneys are challenging whether the law enforcement-heavy state clemency board can give him a fair hearing and whether their client is mentally competent to be put to death. Before his scheduled May 11 execution, Dixon has a chance to plead for mercy – a hearing in […]
Parole hearing for man convicted of murder postponed
Social distancing and decades-old allegations are keeping one of the few prisoners whose sentence Gov. Doug Ducey has commuted behind bars.
Court says misapplied law allows killers chance at parole
Some erroneous words used by judges 25 years ago could possibly result in the release of nearly 300 people who the law said should have been incarcerated for the rest of their lives.
C.T. Wright: Politically active clemency chairman prays for unity
If you’ve sat through a day at Arizona Senate in the past three years, there’s a chance you’ve heard a booming prayer delivered by C. T. Wright. His prayers have also been heard in the Arizona House of Representatives, at state GOP meetings, and even at a campaign rally for President Trump in 2016.
Review finds fiscal problems with clemency board
Four current and former members of the state Board of Executive Clemency are each owed about $2,000 in overtime pay, but some are being told they owe the state retirement system even larger amounts.
Overtime claims for clemency board members studied
Arizona officials are studying whether current and former members of the state Board of Executive Clemency are owed potentially significant amounts of overtime pay.
Judge denies death-row inmate’s request after witnesses say governor’s office didn’t pressure Clemency Board
A federal judge on Tuesday refused a death-row prisoner’s request to disqualify the Board of Executive Clemency from hearing his plea for mercy, finding that he didn’t prove that the governor’s office pressured board members to pursue a tough-on-crime policy.
Attorney claims governor’s office tried to influence death penalty case
New allegations that the governor’s office has tried to influence Board of Executive Clemency decisions surfaced today from the attorney of a prisoner who is about to be executed.
Immigration, abortion, gay rights put Arizona in national legal spotlight
Arizona politics not only kept courts busy in 2012, but led to a landmark case in June when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the state’s most prominent immigration policy.
Death-row attorney sues Brewer, Clemency Board
A death-row prisoner scheduled for lethal injection May 16 sued Gov. Jan Brewer today, alleging she illegally appointed three members to the Board of Executive Clemency.