Posts Tagged:pardon and parole board

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

Pardon and Parole Board recommends clemency for Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones

The board voted 3-1 in favor of granting clemency for Jones, who has been on death row for more than 20 years for the 1999 murder of Edmond businessman Paul Howell. One board member recused themselves from the vote. Along with clemency, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended commuting Jones’ death sentence to life…Read More

Oklahoma AG accuses two parole board members of bias, wants them off Julius Jones’ clemency hearing

Oklahoma’s new attorney general wants the chairman and another member of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board banned from two upcoming clemency hearings on bias grounds. Attorney General John O’Connor is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to order the two to disqualify themselves. A clemency hearing for high-profile death row inmate Julius Jones is scheduled for Tuesday.…Read More

Julius Jones’ attorneys push back on Oklahoma AG’s request for execution date

Attorneys for a prominent death row inmate are pushing back on the Oklahoma attorney general’s request that an execution date be set for Oct. 28. Julius Jones’ legal team filed a motion Friday asking the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to disregard the request from Attorney General John O’Connor, who asked this week that execution dates…Read More

Investigation by Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends Julius Jones not be executed

An investigator for the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board wrote in her report under “Investigator recommendation” that death prisoner Julius Jones be granted life in prison, either with or without the possibility of parole. Jones, 41, has spent two decades on death row for the 1999 killing of Edmond businessman Paul Howell. Jones has maintained…Read More

Execution dates requested for Julius Jones, 6 other inmates by new Oklahoma AG

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has requested an execution date for Julius Jones. According to the AG’s office, they’ve requested October 28th be Jones’s execution date. Advocates for Julius Jones say this request undermines public faith in the justice process. Jones is currently scheduled to have a commutation hearing on September 13th. “It is shocking–…Read More

Oklahoma State Rep. seeks review of death row conviction

A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma who supports the death penalty is seeking an independent investigation into the conviction of a death row inmate. State Rep. Kevin McDugle says he believes new evidence suggests the now 58-year-old Richard Glossip may be innocent. McDugle says several of his GOP colleagues have agreed to sign on to the…Read More