Fox 16 reports the state Parole Board has voted 6-0 against recommending clemency for Jack Greene, scheduled to be killed by the state Nov. 9 for his conviction in the 1991 slaying of Sidney Burnett, a Johnson County pastor.
Attorneys for Greene have argued — and he has disputed — that he is mentally incompetent. Court action continues on efforts to stop the execution on that ground.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson has the final say on clemency.
A statement from Greene’s attorney:
“Despite the Parole Board’s vote today, two highly experienced mental-health experts who have examined Jack Greene agree that he is a man with severe mental illness. This mental illness causes Mr. Greene to have delusions about a conspiracy to injure him, as even Arkansas Department of Correction staff have recognized. These delusions so cloud Mr. Greene’s thinking that, as a psychiatrist has determined, he does not rationally understand his execution. An execution of that nature would not be humane and it would not serve the purposes of punishment. It would merely be a miserable spectacle.
“As we continue to seek a competency hearing in the courts so that Mr. Greene may prove he is incompetent and that his execution would be unconstitutional, we respectfully ask the Governor to grant clemency in this unique case.”
– Scott Braden, Attorney for Jack Greene, Assistant Federal Defender of the Arkansas Federal Defender Office