After attempting suicide twice following stints in solitary confinement, Chelsea Manning formally petitioned President Barack Obama to commute her sentence. The petition surpassed the 100,000 signature mark required to receive a response from the White House, and now it looks like she may get a favorable one.
On St. Patrick’s Day of 2014, now-former University of Colorado student Austin Wilkerson told onlookers that he was assisting a drunk woman at a party, telling her friends he would help her home. He’s since been convicted of raping this woman, but he’ll serve no jail time.
On Monday, Betty Smithey, the longest-serving female inmate in the U.S., was set free after spending 49 years in prison for the murder of a 15-month-old Phoenix girl in 1963. The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency determined that Smithey was no longer a violent or troubled woman, granted her an absolute discharge by…