Sunday, November 2, 2008

Watch List: Support for Cunningham

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Randy “Duke” Cunningham "wants out of prison early" and that "a few people across the United States have written the federal government to say he deserves that chance." Cunningham is serving out and 8-year and 4-month sentence for conspiracy and tax evasion and the U.S. Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney is said to have released copies of eight supporting letters (with names redacted). It is said that there is also a petition with "nearly 3,000 signatures."

The Union-Tribune also quotes one Charles Shanor, a law professor at Emory University who specializes in employment discrimination and labor law, but who has also "studied presidential pardons." According to the article, Shanor says, historically, less than 5 percent of clemency requests are granted. PardonPower happily gives the benefit of the doubt to Professor Shanor, and assumes the Union-Tribune messed up a quote. Because, "historically," that would not be correct. But Shanor is also reported to have said, "I wouldn't bet on this one. This one is so high-profile, and the criticism would be huge.” Hmmm ... and what to think of Scooter Libby? See story here.

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