Arizona Executive Clemency Board Meltdown: Two Members Resign, New Director Named

The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency suffered a meltdown this month, with two of the five members resigning, and accusations of mistreatment by one.

As the Arizona Republic reported yesterday, Jesse Hernandez, the board's chairman and executive director, abruptly resigned from on August 16 from his post without explanation.

New Times has discovered that another board member had resigned the week before, and we've obtained his short, but bitter-sounding, resignation letter.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.