Thursday, April 10, 2008

Illinois: Commentary, Report

In this editorial, Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune discusses recent issues related to the pardon power in the State of Illinois. The piece suggests the "system" worked for Chandra Gill who attacked an off-duty police officer working security at a high school basketball. Gill applied for a pardon in August of 2006 and scored in January of 2007. Zorn provides several interesting details related to the pardon and considers the decision of Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) in the case to be "scandalous—yet another example of his brazen and capricious use of power." Among other things, Zorn also notes the Prisoner Review Board currently has a backlog of 1,571 applications. To date, Blagojevich has granted 67 pardons and denied 1,160 requests.

For additional information on the Chandra Gill pardon, see:
* 3/4 Illinois: A Grant. A Pardon. An Investigation.
* 3/6 Illinois: Investigation (Update)
* 3/7 Illinois: Report
* 3/10 Illinois: The Governor's Next Pardon?
* 3/12 Illinois: Governor Ignores Alton Logan
* 3/22 Illinois: Judiciary Demands Action from Governor

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Paul Modrowski needs a pardon:

Read and sign the petition:

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