Posts Tagged:commutation

Oklahoma lawmakers propose bill that prevents those sentenced to death from seeking commutation

A House bill could alter Oklahoma’s criminal justice system by preventing convicted individuals from seeking commutation. HB 3903 — written by Okla. Rep. John Pfeiffer (R-District 38) ― states that the Pardon and Parole Board wouldn’t be able to recommend to the Governor anyone who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole or…Read More

Gov. Stitt won’t decide on commuting Julius Jones until after clemency hearing

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that he will not decide on whether to commute Julius Jones’ sentence, which the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended he do, until after a clemency hearing on Jones’ case is completed. Stitt issued the following statement on Tuesday evening: “I am not accepting the Pardon and Parole Board’s recommendation to…Read More

Facing execution, Julius Jones seeks clemency — with help from an unlikely ally

For 22 years, Connie Ellison has sought answers to the questions that sprang from the night her boyfriend was murdered in the driveway of his parents’ home. Her questions lingered even after a man was convicted and sentenced to death row for the crime. They have led her to an unexpected place: advocating for the…Read More

Julius Jones’ commutation hearing rescheduled to September to allow for enhanced process

Julius Jones’ commutation hearing has been rescheduled to September 13, after originally being scheduled for June. “It’s a little bit longer. It’s three months away instead of next month,” Jimmy Lawson, Julius Jones’ best friend, told KFOR on Thursday. “The positive side is that we will still get our chance to have a hearing.” Jones…Read More