Prosecutor Proposes Law for Stricter Clemency Procedure

APRIL 16, 2004 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A prosecutor who successfully blocked a grant of clemency to a convicted murderer earlier this year is proposing changes to the law that allows some convicts to be freed.

Saline County Prosecutor Robert Herzfeld said he and advocates for crime victims would present draft legislation to lawmakers at a rally next week on the Capitol steps.  Herzfeld says he wants the law to make the governor and state parole board more accountable to the public for freeing convicts.

A spokesman for Governor Huckabee says the process has more accountability built into it now than in past decades.

Herzfeld, a 30-year-old Democrat in his first term as prosecutor, sued Republican Governor Huckabee in February to void Huckabee's grant of clemency to convicted killer Don Jeffers.  Herzfeld argued that proper procedures weren't followed.

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