Friday, December 19, 2008

Illinois: 22 Pardons

The Chicago Daily Herald reports Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has pardoned 22 people. The move came "hours after declaring himself innocent of federal corruption charges." The Governor also issued a statement saying that his authority to grant such executive clemency comes from the Illinois Constitution (though it is not certain why this point had to be made). The Daily Herald says the statement also claimed "each request for clemency is reviewed and given careful consideration" and the Governor did what he did because "it was clear that this was the right thing to do."

Among those pardoned was Marcus Lyons who was convicted for a rape he did not commit. The pardon came two decades late as far as Lyons was concerned. Most of the other 21 people pardoned had already served out brief sentences for minor crimes such as burglary, forgery or robbery. Some of the offenses dated back to the mid-1960s. See story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is always refreshing to see a Governor use his pardon powers and surely some if not all of these people deserve a second chance.One does have to question the timing of these pardons considering the Governors troubles. Would be nice if Governor Easley(North carolina) had a heart to serve the people of his state!

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