Merry Christmas! But not for Cyntoia Brown :-(
First, wishes for a happy and safe Merry Christmas to all the great Law of Self Defense community!
Second, it would appear that Cyntoia Brown will not get her preferred Christmas present this year, that being clemency from Tennessee governor Bill Haslam. I first reported on Brown’s relatively recent love fest from the mainstream media in a post made exactly two weeks ago:
A lot of people have been forwarding me articles about Cyntoia Brown, a then 16-year-old prostitute who was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Recent news coverage includes this very sympathetic piece from CNN and another from NPR, as well as a deluge of similarly sympathetic coverage from a wide variety of other sources.
Brown argued self-defense at her trail, but was unsuccessful, and was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. She will first be eligible for parole after serving 51 years of her sentence.
I also noted in that post:
What this case is not, however, is a self-defense case. Given that my claimed area of expertise is use-of-force law, not generalized public policy, that leaves me with little to share on this case. Well, except for the following truth not being reported at all by the mainstream media coverage of Ms. Brown's travails.
There’s a reason she’s not appealing on the basis of self-defense: Her claim of self-defense sucks, based on the uncontested facts in this case.
You can, if you wish, re-read the details of why her claim of self-defense sucks, by clicking here.
In any case, NBC news is reporting: “Tennessee Governor Grants Clemency to Eleven People, Cyntoia Brown Not Included” The linked post notes:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has released the names of people who were granted executive pardons and clemency, yet one familiar name did not make the list. Cyntoia Brown was not included. She is serving a life sentence for a murder her lawyers say she committed in self defense as a sex trafficking victim.
Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC
UPDATE 1/15/19: Looks like Haslam changed his mind after the start of the new year, and granted Brown clemency after all (CAUTION! Link to CNN!): Cyntoia Brown is granted clemency after serving 15 years in prison for killing man who bought her for sex