Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Campaign 08: Questions for Candidate Barr

I visited Bob Barr's smartly designed web page (here) and located a press link here. It actually contained a contact address for "Internet media" (bloggers@bobbarr2008.com). So, I extended an invitation to Candidate Barr to share his thoughts and opinions regarding the following questions:

1. You were one of the more outspoken and colorful critics of Bill Clinton's use (or abuse) of the pardon power. Do you think any significant lessons (political or otherwise) were learned from that whole experience?

2. It seems unlikely that the president's pardon power will ever be restricted in any serious manner, but do you think it should be? If you could have a constitutional amendment passed that would restrict the power, what restriction(s) would you implement?

3. What was your opinion of President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence and do you have any opinions as to Libby's possible pardon?

4. There has been a steady, gradual decline in the use of the pardon power, at the federal level, since the early 1900s and more especially since the 1960s. Do you have any opinion about whether or not that is a good or bad thing?

5. There is a lot of talk these days about the need for sentencing reform, especially in relation to guidelines and drug related offenses. Do you have any particular views on these matters?

6. Are you currently supporting clemency for anyone (state or federal) and/or are there any persons that you think might deserve mercy from the President?

Per the general policy of PardonPower regarding INSIGHTS posts, Mr. Barr's responses will not be edited in any unapproved way and only readers will be allowed to post responses. And, of course, PardonPower would be very grateful to have Barr share his views on these matters. So, let's keep our fingers crossed!

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