Sunday, July 6, 2008

Illinois: 19 Pardons!

The Chicago Tribune reports Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) - whose record for delay and non-action on clemency applications has attracted the attention of a U.S. District Court judge - has granted 19 pardons. According to the Tribune, most of the pardons were "for lesser crimes." However, three of those pardoned were exonerated after a federal investigation forced Chicago police to re-examine the kidnapping and murder that led to their convictions. Some of the pardons are also reported to involve cases dating to the 1970s.

The Chicago Sun Times had this fun snippet:
Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said Friday there is no set manner that the governor makes decisions on the petitions. "The governor is constantly reviewing" the petitions, said Guerrero. "Everything is looked at on a case-by-case basis."
See story here and here.

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