Thomas Whitaker, represented on appeal by Firm attorney, James Rytting, received a unanimous recommendation for clemency from the notoriously unsparing state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

“It’s important to understand he is not going to be pardoned. The best he can hope for is a very harsh punishment,” Rytting said. “This is a stunning result, but one that is entirely mature and reasonable,” Rytting said. “Victims’ rights should mean more than revenge in Texas.

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