Resolutions were proposed in the state Legislature in 2008 and 2009 but never made it out of committee. The governor’s office said he doesn’t have the authority to pardon anybody, and the state Board of Pardons and Paroles doesn’t issue posthumous pardons.
Advocates now think they have an answer: a gubernatorial proclamation.
Anthony Griego of Hamden, a 70-year-old retired police officer and pagan, requested the proclamation in February. He said he’s only received an acknowledgment that the governor’s office received his request. In August, he launched an online effort asking people to write to Malloy.
“In the 1600s, most of these people didn’t have defense attorneys,” said Griego, who’s been working on the exoneration effort since 2005. “I think they were wrongly convicted. I think they died for a ridiculous reason.”
Malloy spokesman David Bednarz reiterated in an email that the governor doesn’t have the authority to do what Griego and others are asking. But the governor’s website invites residents to request proclamations, though it says he’ll issue them as his discretion.
Lynne supports Griego’s effort and isn’t discouraged by the response of the governor’s spokesman.
“It’s been 350 years that this has been waiting to happen,” she said, “and for me there’s always hope.”
Petition for proclamation: http://www.witchvox.com