Monday, November 17, 2008

Virginia: Times Calls for Pardon

Today's New York Times features an editorial calling on Virginia Goveror Tim Kaine to pardon the mem popularly known as the "Norfolk Four" (Derek E. Tice, Joseph J. Dick Jr., Danial J. Williams and Eric C. Wilson). In part, the editorial says:

It is understandable that Mr. Kaine has not rushed to issue pardons. A governor should not lightly set aside a jury verdict. We fear that politics may also be involved. Pardons are generally unpopular with voters, and no politician wants to risk being targeted by a Willie Horton-style attack ad, blaming him for releasing a dangerous criminal back into society.

A grave injustice has been committed here. Mr. Kaine, who is a lawyer and a former professor of legal ethics, should understand as well as anyone how these prosecutions went awry. He should also understand how horrific and unfair it would be to force three men to spend the rest of their lives behind bars for a crime they did not commit.

See full text of editorial here.

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