1999 – PCRA COMMUTATION HEARING

This page archives the application and supporting documents that were filed for Zeke’s application for commutation that was filed in 1998. This was the only one of six applications Zeke has made over the decades (1985, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1998 and 2009) that received a public hearing. The panel of the Board of Pardons denied the commutation on May 6, 1999, as detailed below.

Statement of Facts

Zeke’s Statement

Supporting Documents

Clarence Miller’s 1980 application for a new trial (where he pleads temporary insanity)

Letters by Judge Donald E. Ziegler (Trial Judge )

Affidavit of Cyril H. Wecht (Coroner and Forensic Pathologist)

Affidavit of Dr. Michael M. Baden and Dr. Barbara C. Wolfe (Pathologists)

Affidavit of Henry C. Lee (Criminalist)

Affidavit of John Balshy (Investigator)

Affidavit of F. Peter Dixon (Trial Prosecutor)

Letter from F. Peter Dixon to Board of Pardons

On May 6, 1999, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons met.

The four-member committee of the Board of Pardons, consisting of board chairman, Lt. Governor Mark Schweiker, Attorney General Mike Fisher, Butler County Prison Warden, Richard Gigliotti, and Louise Williams, the victim representative, met with Goldblum. Following a two-hour meeting with him and 15 minutes of deliberation, the petition was unanimously denied.

Here is a complete transcript of that deliberation.  Although 123 pages long, it clearly reveals the thought process of the judicial system.

Post Denial Actions

Post Denial Documents

Deposition of Richard Gigliotti (Warden of Butler Prison) regarding Clarence Miller’s final version of the murder

Testimony of Cyril H. Wecht – October 19, 2000

Deposition of Clarence Miller – Sept. 10, 2004

Video Deposition of Cyril H. Wecht – Nov 2, 2012


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TV Report on Zeke’s case

It has been more than 20 years since Ken Rice filed this in-depth report on Zeke’s case. 20 years since Zeke’s judge and prosecutor both labeled his trial “A Miscarriage of Justice.”

And 20 years later, Zeke is still in prison, serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit.

 

Quotes

"Clarence . . . Clarence Miller did this to me." George Wilhelm's dying declaration to police, February 9, 1976 (T.T. 1528).

". . . Goldblum was not the individual who inflicted the fatal stab wounds on Mr. George Wilhelm." Dr. Cyril Wecht, Coroner of Allegheny County in letter to Board of Pardons, September 1, 1994; Henry Lee, Ph.D., report dated February 25, 1997.

"This is the one case in 21 years [as a judge] which seriously troubles my conscience about the result." The Honorable Donald Ziegler as quoted in Michael Bucsko, Judge Haunted by Dying Man's Last Sentences, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 5, 1995.

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