Saturday, November 22, 2008

Context: Pardon Trivia Time

One would think that even the Office of the Pardon Attorney in the Department of Justice needs some sort of hazing ritual. You know, something to test the newbies. In that spirit, here is the PardonPower photo-based trivia quiz. We will post all of the answers below once we figure out how to print upside down and in italics!

* Which one of these presidents granted a pardon to baseball's George Steinbrenner?

* Which one of these presidents pardoned the person standing right next to him?

* Which of these presidents granted pardons in such a way that the president right after him (not photographed) would probably not have to pardon him?

* Which one set the all-time record for individual pardons in a single day?

* Which one commuted the sentence of an unrepentant man who attempted to assassinate President Harry Truman?

* Which president pictured pardoned singer Peter Yarrow, of Peter Paul and Mary fame?

* Which of the above presidents pardoned singer/song writer Merle Haggard before becoming president?

* Which one pardoned an All-American football player at the University of Oklahoma who was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants and went on to play for the Colts, Lions and Saints?

* Which one commuted the sentences of three unrepentant individuals who hit five members of Congress in a bi-partisan shooting spree?

* Which of the presidents above granted almost half of all of the pardons that he granted in the last month and a half of his term?

* Which one pardoned a best-selling author?

* Which president pictured pardoned the person later revealed to be "Deep Throat?"

* Which president pictured probably wished "Deep Throat" had been strangled and left for dead somewhere in a parking garage?

* Which one pardoned some accountants from a firm that he later hired to audit his own finances?

* Which president pictured commuted the sentence of a man described by the FBI as "a methodical gangland executioner?"

* Which president has the best odds of being the one who pardoned Jimmy "the Greek" Synodinos?

* Which one pardoned a race-car legend (we are told) named Junior Johnson?

* Which president pictured pardoned the son of a man who donated $100,000 to his presidential library?

Note: An unprecedented preemptive blanket pardon is granted to all cheaters (including myself, and everyone I know). Indeed, cheating is encouraged. See where it gets you.

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