The Catholic University of America

Sandy Ogilvy, professor, law, was quoted in several stories about Timothy J. Tyler, a nonviolent drug offender who was granted clemency by President Obama. Catholic University's Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project filed a petition on Tyler's behalf. CUA's connection to the clemencies was mentioned by WJLA7Recent graduate Melissa Saldivar was also interviewed. See below.

This 'peacenik Deadhead' was set to die behind bars — until Obama granted him clemency

From: Business Insider
Date: Aug. 31, 2016
Author: Erin Fuchs and Michelle Mark

Timothy Tyler has spent more than 20 years of his life in federal prison for selling LSD to a police informant.

And there was a decent chance he would have died there, until President Obama on Tuesday granted sentence commutations to Tyler and 110 other nonviolent drug offenders in federal custody.

Tyler — a Grateful Dead fan with a history of mental illness — was sentenced to life in prison for his nonviolent drug offense. Because there's no federal parole, Tyler had to get Obama himself to sign off on his early release.

Last June, the Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project at the Catholic University of America's law school filed a petition for commutation on his behalf, giving him a shot at liberty in his lifetime.

Sandy Ogilvy, the professor who runs the project, broke the news to Tyler by phone on Tuesday. Tyler's reaction seemed subdued, at first — likely because the call was done over speakerphone in front of prison officials, Ogilvy said.

“I’ll probably break down later, but thank you very much,” Tyler said, according to Ogilvy. ...

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Local college helps inmate win clemency

From: WUSA9
Date: Aug. 31, 2016
Author: John Henry

 

 

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