State Board Won't Consider Bembenek Pardon
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state pardon board will not consider a petition by the former Milwaukee police officer convicted of a decades-old murder at its meeting Wednesday.
It's unclear whether the board, which meets twice in December, will consider Laurie Bembenek's petition before Gov. Jim Doyle leaves office. The board makes pardon recommendations to the governor who makes the final decision.
Doyle spokesman Adam Collins says Bembenek's application is incomplete. He says it's missing a response from the judge and prosecutors in her case.
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Bembenek was convicted in 1982 of killing Christine Schultz, the ex-wife of her husband, Fred Schultz. Bembenek escaped from prison, was recaptured and later entered a no contest plea to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. Prosecutors agreed to release Bembenek on time she already served.
Bembenek's friend, Ira Robins, tells WTMJ-TV that the 52-year-old is in hospice care in Oregon due to liver and kidney failure.
That trial captured the nation's attention.
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