... Under these rules, a person who has been sentenced to life generally does not qualify for a presidential pardon because he must wait five years after completion of the sentence to apply for a pardon. Inmates sentenced to life can instead seek a commutation or reduction of sentence.Arocena's supporters are also gathering signatures for a petition in an effort to "garner publicity and make President Bush aware of exile community interest in the case." See story here.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Miami Herald reports there is a call for a presidential pardon to be granted to 65-year old Cuban exile Eduardo Arocena who has been in prison since the early 1980's. Arocena was sentenced to life in prison plus 35 years for murdering a diplomat and planting bombs. At the time of his arrest, he was described by federal authorities as "America's most dangerous anti-Castro terrorist." Now that Arocena is struggling with high blood pressure and diabetes, his wife and supporters are said to be seeking clemency, as a "humanitarian matter." Erik Ablin, a Justice Department spokesman provided excellent insight into the relationship between Department of Justice "guidelines" and the actual power of the president by explaining:
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