Brown’s Clemency Checked

PUBLISHED: 2:00 PM 31 Dec 2018
UPDATED: 9:35 PM 31 Dec 2018

California Governor’s Freedom Crusade Smacked Down By Supreme Court

Jerry Brown is pardon happy, but the Supreme Court of California is less than thrilled and has put an end to his most recent clemency acts.

Jerry Brown's attempts to free criminals, including some murderers, has been thwarted by the California Supreme Court.

For the first time in 50 years, the Supreme Court of California has stepped in to deny the clemency requests of Governor Jerry Brown.

The far-leftist politician has been making recommendations to commute the sentences of some heinous ‘reformed’ murderers.

Three people, who Jerry Brown apparently thought had paid their debt to society, were rejected by the court, including a man who beat a stranger to death in 1997.

“The court in recent weeks now has denied 10 of Brown’s clemency actions.”

“The latest denials followed Brown’s annual Christmas Eve clemency actions that included 143 pardons and 131 commutations.

“Nine of the 10 inmates whose commutations were rejected had been convicted of participating in homicides.”

Brown’s decision to release murderers is part of his effort to rethink prison sentencing and provide more opportunities for parole.

He has handed down more pardons and commutations than any other California governor.

Jameel Coles, 40, was one of the rejected inmates. He was found guilty of the brutal death of a man who had simply given him a ride out of kindness.

In his attempt to get released, Coles has participated in “self-health groups, enrolled in college courses, and expressed regret for his actions.”

“Hurt people, hurt people,” he wrote when he applied for clemency, and speaking in the liberal jargon so prevalent, told the Governor’s Office that “shame and guilt lead to a cycle of hyper-masculine choices,’ which was “compounded due to the fact that this hyper masculinity was shaped by a false image of manhood, which glorified a criminal lifestyle and misogyny.”

Most likely he learned such gibberish when he secured two associate of arts degrees, one in social and behavioral science, according to Legal Affairs Secretary Peter Krause.

Nathaniel Thompson crossed paths with Coles in December, 1997, when he, his friend Dave Parker and three teenage girls were stranded and Thompson agreed to give them a ride.

“Thompson’s body was found the next day — beaten, suffocated and burned using kerosene from a lantern.”

During the 2000 trial, Coles said he kicked Thompson. He denied that he delivered fatal head blows and allegations that he hid evidence.

Both Coles and Parker, also of Sacramento, were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. “The two girls who pleaded guilty to murder were sentenced to the California Youth Authority while the third was released after time served.”

Thompson’s stepdaughter, Brenda French, wrote, “My stepfather pleaded for his life … but no compassion or mercy was given to a man who had shown kindness to strangers.”

“The other two rejected commutations were for Thomas Marston, 58, who has served more than 34 years of a life sentence following his conviction on two counts of first-degree murder in Mendocino County; and Elaine Wong, 68, who has served 38 years of a life sentence following a 1980 Los Angeles County robbery in which she shot two people, struck another and set a fire.”

These are the sort of people who Brown apparently thinks have served their time and should be released from incarceration.

Many people disagree. The family of the victims will never get their loved ones back.