Posted: Monday, June 2nd 2008 at 11:45am
Ga. board denies clemency for condemned man
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for death row inmate Curtis Osborne.
The board decided Monday not to commute the death sentence for Osborne, who faces execution on Wednesday for two 1990 murders. The board issued its decision without comment.
Osborne's lawyers argue his previous attorney deliberately put up a flimsy defense 18 years ago because he was ``infected by racism.'' They also say he was not informed that a life sentence plea was on the table.
Political luminaries including President Carter and the ex-chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court urged the board to commute the sentence. Prosecutors, though, said he should face capital punishment for his crime.
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