Monday, March 10, 2008

Illinois: The Governor's Next Pardon?

The Atlantic features an editorial which discusses the dilemma of two public defenders who have announced that a deceased client killed a man nearly thirty years ago. All the while, a wrongfully convicted suspect, Alton Logan, has been in prison - a pretty gloomy consequence of the attorney-client privilege. The editorial notes former Illinois Governor George Ryan (R) commuted 156 death sentences out of concern that just one of the sentenced might be innocent and submits: "Surely Governor Rod R. Blagojevich (D) can grant a single speedy pardon for one irrevocably wronged man?"

Editor: Indeed, Blagojevich's awkward pardon of Chandra Gill - see posts Illinois: A Grant. A Pardon. An Investigation and Illinois: Investigation (Update) - would suggest that, absent some startling and immediate revelation to the contrary, Mr. Logan should not be spending another single night in prison. See editorial here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine that granting clemency to anyone is not an easy task for any official for there will always more than likely be an unhappy side. I do however pray that the Governor will follow his mind and heart and do what he thinks is in the best interest of the party at hand while considering all of the pertinent facts. It is then that he wil be able to sleep with himself peacefully. Many people submit requests and each has his or her own story. Some made stupid mistakes as youngsters and continue to pay. At the end of the day, it is the governor's decision. Let's pray the decisions are wise one.

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