Thursday, March 27, 2008

The President: A Political Scientist Predicts a Pardon

The journals of political science are notorious for ignoring the pardon power - state and federal. But a political scientist at the University of Alabama who has studied state and local government and federalism is making a pardon prediction. According to TimesDaily.Com :

University of Alabama political scientist William Stewart, who attended much of [former Alabama Governor Don] Siegelman’s trial, said he expects Siegelman will be free for a number of months because of the length and complexity of the appeal. He said he believes Siegelman could avoid going back to prison if either Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama is elected.“He’ll be out for a long time and may never go back. If he’s out until January and we elect Clinton or Obama, I expect he will be pardoned just like Scooter Libby was. I think either one is likely to pardon him,” Stewart said.
Of course, one minor detail is that Scooter Libby was not pardoned. A portion of his sentence was commuted by President Bush. See article here.

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