Sunday, May 11, 2008

Context: Mother's Day and the Pardon Power

He was active in party politics and his buddy is sometimes given credit for getting Mother's Day officially recognized in the United States. But he fell into some legal trouble, was convicted, and found himself looking at a $12,000 fine and a prison sentence of 5 months. Things didn't look very cheery in the appellate process either. But, you see, this fellow was "close" to high-ranking White House officials and "well connected." Hundreds of appeals for mercy, from prominent persons, were produced on his behalf.

So, the President of the United States reduced the fine and granted a pardon before the convicted felon spent a single minute in the federal penitentiary - you know, the kind of thing CNN's legal "experts" never heard of until Scooter Libby came along! Oh, and one of his co-defendants (Mr. Mother's Day) was also fined $4,000 and sentenced to four months in a federal house of detention, but pardoned in advance of the service.

As if all of that was not enough, the President's abrupt and unexpectd pardons brought a major government investigation to a grinding halt. Wow! Who could ever forget this stuff? Everyone!

Happy Mother's Day!

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