Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Times on Bush and the Pardon Power

Charlie Savage of the New York Times has written a very general front-page piece on the pardon power and the Bush administration. He begins by noting applications for pardons and commutations are "at historic levels" and, among those seeking clemency are Michael Milken, Randy Cunningham, Edwin W. Edwards, John Walker Lindh and Marion Jones. PardonPower talked with Mr. Savage earlier this week and shared our Watch List with him.

Margaret Colgate Love, a former U.S. Pardon Attorney who is now in private practice is quoted as saying:
“I have cases that date from the Clinton administration ... I have cases that I filed in the last two or three years and have not even gotten any word about the first step of the investigation being authorized. It’s unbelievable.”
Savage also reports that new petitions for clemency "are on pace to surpass 2,100 this fiscal year" and that "the record is the 1,827 petitions filed in 2001" (see PardonPower chart here). He also says the Justice Department has not received clemency applications from Scooter Libby, Jack Abranoff, Bob Ney, George Ryan, Conrad Black, Martha Stewart or border patrol agents Compean and Ramos. See full Times article here.

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