Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ohio: Pardons Coming!

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Governor's first batch of clemency decisions are "just about ready." Why has it taken so long? The Dispatch reports, "unlike his predecessors, Ted Strickland (D), a former prison psychologist, is personally going over every case." Here is how Strickland is approaching almost 500 requests:
"What I decided to do was, rather than to dribble them out two or three at a time, was to try to work through a significant backlog and deal with them, and then I'll begin dealing with the other remaining ones,"
He also says he has spent "multiple hours" on requests "late in the evening." Clemency statistics for other Ohio governors are also provided in the story here.

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