Thursday, June 5, 2008

Campaign 08: Obama Pledges No Pardon for Rezko?

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Democratic candidate Barack Obama has promised that, if he is elected, he will not pardon Tony Rezko for his corruption convictions or grant a commutation of sentence. Rezko was recently convicted on 16 of 24 corruption counts. The Sun-Times reports that "Republicans quickly seized on the verdict with an immediate round of internet-based advertising questioning Obama’s past personal and professional ties to Rezko." Hmm ... promising not to grant a pardon ... in any circumstance ... knowing that circumstances always change ... I just don't know about the wisdom of that ...

But, as it turns out, it was actually an Obama campaign spokesman (Ben LaBolt) who said the senator would not be granting clemency. The spokesman would "not elaborate on Obama’s rationale for ruling out clemency." He also refused to "offer any kind of guiding principles on who would and would not qualify for pardons or commutations in an Obama White House."

In other words, this one isn't going away! See Sun-Times story here.

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