January 4, 2006

No clemency hearing for condemned man

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger ruled out a clemency hearing on Wednesday for
the state's oldest death row prisoner, who is scheduled to be
executed on January 17 for ordering three murders while serving
a life sentence in prison.

Clarence Ray Allen, 75, would be the second-oldest man
executed in the United States in recent decades. In December, a
77-year-old Mississippi man became the oldest prisoner executed
in the United States since it resumed capital punishment in

Citing the failing health of their client, who suffered a
heart attack in September, Allen's lawyers have sought to stay
his execution. A federal judge last month declined their

The lawyers are also seeking a clemency review, where the
governor would make a decision based on documents rather than
on oral arguments in a hearing. Schwarzenegger has not yet made
a decision on their request, an aide said.