Sunday, December 14, 2008
The News & Observer has announced that Gov. Mike Easley (D, and former prosecutor) has been "stingy about pardons" and, what is more, "there's no sign he's going to go on a Clinton-like pardon spree in his final weeks." According to the story, Easley has received 756 requests in eight years and has granted a mere five. In each of the cases, "DNA or other evidence exonerated the applicant." Why is Easley so parsimonious in his use of the power? The News & Observer says: "Pardons have drawn more scrutiny since President Bill Clinton granted 140 on his last day in office in 2001." See story here.