Perata delays vote on board

Posted on June 19, 2008. Filed under: Parole |

Shane Goldmacher,

Bee Capitol Bureau

Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, June 19, 2008

After listening to two and a half hours of passionate debate, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata postponed a vote on four appointees to the state’s parole board Wednesday.

Perata has been critical of the parole board and its composition, particularly the predominance of past law enforcement officials on the commission. The Board of Parole Hearings determines when, or if, the state’s life-term prisoners can be set free.

A small parade of inmate defense attorneys criticized three of the four nominees at Wednesday’s hearing. The fourth, Robert Doyle, a former sheriff in Riverside County, received no official opposition.

Perata, D-Oakland, said the Senate Rules Committee, which holds confirmation power, would reconvene next week to vote on the appointees. The committee is set to meet on Wednesday.

– Shane Goldmacher,

Bee Capitol Bureau


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