clemency http://wuis.org en Shirley Skinner, 78, Asks Governor To Commute Murder Sentence http://wuis.org/post/shirley-skinner-78-asks-governor-commute-murder-sentence <p>An elderly woman convicted in a notorious murder case is asking the governor to let her out of prison. At a hearing on the matter Wednesday in Springfield, family and friends of the victim were uniformly opposed.</p><p>Shirley Skinner is just a few years into her 55-year sentence. A jury convicted her of murdering her granddaughter's estranged husband, Steven Watkins, shooting him in the back of the head. He had come to their house in Ashland to visit his daughter.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17024 at http://wuis.org Shirley Skinner, 78, Asks Governor To Commute Murder Sentence Governor Quinn Grants More Clemency Requests http://wuis.org/post/governor-quinn-grants-more-clemency-requests <p>Thirty-eight people have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn for crimes that date back decades. &nbsp;<br />The Democratic governor announced yesterday that he also denied another 129 petitions for clemency. &nbsp;<br />Crimes committed by those who were pardoned include theft, possession of a controlled substance, burglary and forgery, and solicitation of prostitutes. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:03:50 +0000 Associated Press 15736 at http://wuis.org Governor Quinn Grants More Clemency Requests Quinn Acts On Clemency Requests http://wuis.org/post/quinn-acts-clemency-requests <p>Gov. Pat Quinn is granting 65 clemency petitions and<br />denying 124 while working through a backlog of pardon requests.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Democrat announced Friday he had acted on 189 requests on dockets dating to<br />2004. His predecessor, the impeached and now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich,<br />notoriously let clemency petitions pile up.<br />&nbsp;<br />Among those granted pardons Friday _ typically with a criminal record being<br />wiped clean _ were an armed robber; several convicted of battery, including Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:35:53 +0000 Associated Press 10781 at http://wuis.org Quinn Acts On Clemency Requests