Chronology of Arnie King's efforts to have his sentence commuted granting him eligible for parole release
Posted Jan 4, 2009
Warm Greetings! I hope you're healthy and in good spirits! The following is the partial chronological listing of the commutation project.
Dec-87 - Atty Linda Giles (now a Judge) submitted a request for a hearing on commutation of sentence to allow petitioner to become eligible for parole
Nov-89 - Request denied
Nov-90 - 2nd request submitted by Atty Edward Berkin
Dec-91 - Request approved
Jan-92 - Date set for Public Hearing June 22, 1992
Jun-92 - Hearing held at Parole Office in South Boston
Apr-96 - Petition rejected unanimously
Dec-97 - 3rd request submitted by Atty Edward Berkin
Jul-98 - Request denied
Jul-01 - 4th request submitted by Atty Edward Berkin
Mar-02 - Request approved and hearing date set for 4/18/02
Apr-02 - Hearing held at Parole Office in South Boston
Oct-02 - Advisory Board recommends 3-3 to Governor Jane Swift
Jun-03 - Petition denied by Governor Mitt Romney, effective Jan 2003
Feb-04 - 5th request submitted by Atty Ed Berkin, Northeastern Law Professor Margaret Burnham, and Harvard Law Clinical Director Soffiyah Elijah
Jul-04 - Public Hearing held at Old Colony Correctional Center (minimum) in Bridgewater, MA
Nov-04 - Nicole K. Racki (Executive Clemency Coordinator) wrote letter and enclosed opinion (4-3 favorable recommendation to Governor Romney)
Feb-07 - Ed Berkin wrote letter to Chairperson Walsh about status of 2004 petition
Feb-07 - Julie Pease (Massachusetts Parole Department) sent notification that petition was closed, effective Jan 1, 2008
Jun-07 - 6th request submitted by Attys Berkin, Burnham, & Elijah for commutation hearing with Executive Secretary
Aug-07 - Julie Pease (Massachusetts Parole Department) sent notification of the Oct. 25 hearing scheduled date
Oct-07 - Public Hearing held at Parole Office in Natick, MA @ 10 am.
Dec-07 - Maureen Walsh, Advisory Board of Pardons Chairperson, wrote letter and enclosed 6-0 unanimous recommendation to be forwarded to Governor Deval Patrick
Dec-08 - Boston Globe & Herald report that Governor Patrick rejected the Advisory Board recommendation
For more than 20 years, this included community meetings within a variety of neighborhoods in Boston and Cambridge, fundraisers, interviews with the media, and presentations at several colleges and schools.
A few folks have been present during the entire journey, while many have joined with us along the way. During each step, we have progressed and combated against the odds to provide a unanimous vote for commutation to the office of Governor Patrick.
His December 17th decision was disappointing because of high expectation for approval of the Advisory Board of Pardons recommendation. A new petition will be filed as soon as possible and this effort will continue to display enthusiasm and build momentum.
Please do not hesitate to suggest, critique, or promote activity in behalf of the commutation project. Thanks for being present.
read and sign the petition to support Arnie King’s request
for commutation of sentence