Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ABC News: Pardon Breakdown

Over at ABCNews.com, Ariane De Vogue has written one of the best pieces that we have seen on presidential pardons in this news cycle. It quotes former U.S. Pardon Attorney Margaret Colgate Love as saying, "There has been a breakdown between the Department and the White House, and the pardon attorney needs to get the authority, resources and respect it deserves to do its job." In fact, says Love, "There needs to be a radical restructuring and restaffing of the pardon process."

Brian C. Kalt, a law professor at Michigan State University College of Law, agrees that the "bureaucratic process for a pardon needs improvement" and suggests getting rid of the five-year waiting period for pardon applications. Ellen Podgor, a law professor at Stetson University College of Law argues people "want more information from the president as to his thinking" and something a little more meaty than generic press releases. She also expresses concerns about a lack of equality in legal representation that could bias the outcomes of clemency processes.

This is article is a great read. See complete story here.

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