Clemency is denied for killer

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ATLANTA --- Georgia's pardons rejected a bid for clemency on Thursday by a white supremacist set to be executed next week for the murder of one of his followers.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles issued no comment when it denied the request for clemency from inmate William Mark Mize, who is set to be put to death on Tuesday for the 1994 murder of Eddie Tucker.

The 52-year-old Mr. Mize was convicted in Oconee County Superior Court for fatally shooting Mr. Tucker after he failed to burn down what Mr. Mize considered to be a crack house in nearby Athens.

Mr. Tucker was a prospective member of the National Vastilian Aryan Party, a white supremacist group that prosecutors compare to the Ku Klux Klan. It was led by Mr. Mize, authorities say, and Mr. Tucker had filled out an application to join the group but was not yet a member.

Mr. Mize took Mr. Tucker to the woods and killed him with a shot to the head after Mr. Tucker failed to successfully light the house on fire, according to court records. Mr. Mize was convicted of murder on Dec. 12, 1995, and sentenced to death a day later.

In a string of unsuccessful state and federal appeals, Mr. Mize claimed there wasn't enough evidence to prove he had fired the shot and that prosecutors withheld evidence from a pretrial interview with a key witness.

He also complained that the state introduced "inflammatory, irrelevant evidence" about Mr. Mize's racist beliefs to prejudice the jury.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that while evidence concerning a defendant's political or racial beliefs is normally irrelevant, the evidence was accepted because it explained Mr. Mize's motive for the murder.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2008 rejected Mr. Mize's appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court in March decided against hearing the case.

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UNKNOWNDRAFTER
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UNKNOWNDRAFTER 04/24/09 - 05:21 am
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Um Bacon!

Um Bacon!

justus4
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justus4 04/24/09 - 08:53 am
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Good riddance, but the
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Good riddance, but the governor still has time to act. It's not a done deal because this corrupted system has many tricks.

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purmkinhed 04/24/09 - 09:08 am
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Now all he has to worry about

Now all he has to worry about is burning in hell when they pull the switch!

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themaninthemirror 04/24/09 - 01:09 pm
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Any racist piece of scum like

Any racist piece of scum like this deserved "old sparky" the day after his conviction. Hook him up, and let him fry.( by the way, I am white)

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ListenAndLearn 04/24/09 - 05:02 pm
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justus, what ya gonna say

justus, what ya gonna say when the Gov doesn't act? This [filtered word]deserves to die. Never heard ya say that about any of "your ilk". Never mind, they're all innocent. The NVAP is compared to the KKK? Whoops, the KKK are boyscouts compared to them. But then they are to almost every (fill in the blank) Supremacist group in the US. Which group was the last to wave shotguns at a rally? Uh, the NBPP. The POLICE showed a LOT of restraint then. What's your explanation for that? I won't hold my breath for an answer. "We" can guess. I'll call your bigotry every chance I get.

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