California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ruled out a clemency hearing on Wednesday for the state’s oldest death row prisoner, who is scheduled to be executed on January 17 for ordering three murders while serving a life sentence in prison.
Clarence Ray Allen, 75, would be the second-oldest man executed in the United States in recent decades. In December, a 77-year-old Mississippi man became the oldest prisoner executed in the United States since it resumed capital punishment in 1977.
Citing the failing health of their client, who suffered a heart attack in September, Allen’s lawyers have sought to stay his execution. A federal judge last month declined their request.
The lawyers are also seeking a clemency review, where the governor would make a decision based on documents rather than on oral arguments in a hearing. Schwarzenegger has not yet made a decision on their request, an aide said.
It was previously reported that Schwarzenegger would not grant a PUBLIC clemency hearing.
Now, NO CLEMENCY HEARING PERIOD.
Will Governor Arnold grant Williams clemency?