In rare move, Cal­i­for­nia court de­nies ten clemency re­quests

Porterville Recorder - - STATE - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

SACRA­MENTO — The Cal­i­for­nia Supreme Court de­nied 10 clemency re­quests by for­mer Gov. Jerry Brown, the first time it has ex­er­cised that power in more than half a cen­tury.

Brown granted a his­toric 1,332 par­dons and 283 com­mu­ta­tions dur­ing his fi­nal two terms as part of a push to scale back the state's toughon-crime ap­proach that be­gan un­der his first gov­er­nor­ship. But the court blocked 10 of those re­quests in the fi­nal weeks of the Brown ad­min­is­tra­tion, which ended this month, the Sacra­mento Bee re­ported Thurs­day.

The court has not re­jected par­don or com­mu­ta­tion re­quests un­der a gov­er­nor's con­sid­er­a­tion since 1930 but ear­lier noted it had the au­thor­ity in the case of an "abuse of power."

A court rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the jus­tices are not plan­ning to pro­vide any fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

The court's re­jec­tions have baf­fled ju­di­cial ob­servers.

David Et­tinger, an ap­pel­late lawyer who writes a blog about the Cal­i­for­nia Supreme Court called At the Lectern, said that from the in­for­ma­tion pub­licly avail­able about the re­jected cases, he couldn't dis­tin­guish them from a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of other life-with­out-pa­role com­mu­ta­tions that the Supreme Court signed off on.

"There's re­ally no guid­ance for fu­ture courts, for fu­ture clemency re­quests, for fu­ture gov­er­nors mak­ing re­quests, as to why cer­tain ones might get blocked and cer­tain ones won't," he said.

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