In re Shaputis

Petitioner was convicted of second degree murder committed in 1987, and was sentenced to a term of 15 years to life in prison with a two-year enhancement for firearm use. At issue was whether a majority of Division One of the Fourth District Court of Appeal properly applied the "some evidence" standard to a decision denying parole for petitioner. The court concluded that the Court of Appeal majority had again invaded the province of the parole authority, in this case the Board of Parole Hearings. The court also offered general guidance to the Courts of Appeal on inmates' lack of insight as a parole unsuitability factor. View "In re Shaputis" on Justia Law