At Governor Gavin Newsom’s request, the Supreme Court today recommended that Royal Ramey be pardoned for convictions of second degree robbery and false imprisonment in 2008 and first degree robbery in 2010.
The Governor is constitutionally required to get the court’s recommendation before he can grant clemency to anyone, like Ramey, who has been “twice convicted of a felony.” The court has said it reviews requests for clemency recommendations under a deferential standard. (See here and here.)
Today’s action maintains Newsom’s nearly perfect record of clemency recommendation requests. Newsom withdrew one request before a ruling, but the court has approved all 42 of the requests it has decided. That’s better than former Governor Jerry Brown, who had the court without explanation block 10 intended clemency grants.
Newsom made the recommendation request for Ramey last month.