Monday, October 6, 2008

The President: Denied

* PardonPower has corrected four typos in the previous representation of the correspondence below. None of these errors should be attributed to the Office of the Pardon Attorney or the Department of Justice. They were simply a matter of editing on this end.

A reader recently sent us with a copy of a letter of denial from the Office of the Pardon Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice. It reads:
Dear Mr. X,

Your pardon application was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your application was therefore denied on August 28, 2008.

Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision. As a mater of well-established policy, we do not disclose the reasons for the decision in a pardon matter. In addition, deliberative communications pertaining to agency and presidential decision-making are confidential and not available under existing case law interpreting the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. I would like to take this opportunity the emphasize that Presidents have granted very few pardons in recent times, and that the decision in your case does not reflect adversely on the progress you have made toward rehabilitation since your conviction. If you wish to reapply for pardon, you will become eligible to do so two years from the date on which the President denied your petition.

Ronald L. Rodgers
Pardon Attorney
The letter is dated October 1, 2008.

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