Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Clemency denied

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has denied clemency to convicted murderer Donald J. Beardslee, who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection tonight. In a statement released by his office, Schwarzenegger said:

"I have given serious consideration to Donald Beardslee's petition for clemency including all supporting evidence and testimony. The state and federal courts have affirmed his conviction and death sentence, and nothing in his petition or the record of his case convinces me that he did not understand the gravity of his actions or that these heinous murders were wrong. I do not believe the evidence presented warrants the exercise of clemency in this case."

You can download the full text of his official decision here.

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