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February 17, 2006

Schwarzenegger denies clemency in Morales case

Adding another chapter to a high-profile capital case that has made lots of headlines for lots of reasons, this afternoon California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has denied clemency to death row inmate Michael Morales.  You can access Gov. Schwarzenegger's six-page statement of decision at this link and an official press release here.  Here is the statement's penultimate paragraph:

Nothing in the record or the materials before me compels a grant of clemency. The pain Ms. Winchell's loved ones have been forced to endure at the hands of Morales is unfathomable as is the brutality of the acts he perpetrated.

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UPDATE: Mike at Crime & Federalism has this astute reaction to aspects of Schwarzenegger's statement of decision.

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