But by all accounts, his life out of prison has been a success - getting a job, being promoted, caring for his wife, being active in his church, etc. Emmert also has opinions about the pardon power. Referring to President Bush, he said:
"If I were [the President], I'd call the pardon attorney and say, 'Give me a list. I know there's got to be deserving people out there. Give me a list, so I can help some people on my way out of here.' "Emmert is now said to be optimistic in his hope that President Obama will consider easing the Nation's strict anti-drug laws, which have sent thousands of nonviolent offenders to prison for years or decades. But, according to Ley, Emmert believes the "first step" would be to create "a more open atmosphere at the Office of the Pardon Attorney," the Justice Department agency that screens requests for pardons and commutations. Says Emmert:
"There's got to be other people out there who deserve this," he said of his reprieve. "Their job should be to look for those people. It shouldn't be just to rubber-stamp every application, 'No.'"We could not have said it any better. Great reporting Tony. Best of luck, Phillip. See story here.
* This story was visited by the Executive Office of the President of the United States on 12/8/2015 and 3/29/2016