Sunday, November 2, 2008
Illinois Govenror Rod Blagojevich has built up a pile of literally thousands of clemency applications, some dating back for years. So, a few weeks ago, a law was passed in the state (over his veto) to allow wrongfully convicted individuals to circumvent the governor in seeking "certificates of innocence." Suddenly, the Governor is interested in this constitutional function of his office. Now, according to the Chicago Tribune, comes 26 pardons, including four for men exonerated of crimes ranging from rape to murder. See story here.