Governor Gavin Newsom today asked the Supreme Court to allow him to pardon Gene Baker, who, the Governor’s cover letter to the court says, “was convicted of two drug-related felonies in 1996.”  The court’s recommendations are constitutionally required because Baker has been “twice convicted of a felony.”

The court has approved 13 of Newsom’s prior requests (see here) and denied none, which is a considerably better record than for former Governor Jerry Brown, who had the court block 10 intended clemency grants.

There are now six Newsom clemency requests pending.  (See here and here.)


“Sanctions sought against governor over redacted clemency records”