Monday, May 18, 2009

The President: Pending Applications. Continuing Problem

The Calgary Herald reminds us that George W. Bush denied the pardon applications of Michael Milken, Randall “Duke” Cunningham, Edwin Edwards, Mario Biaggi, John Walker Lindh and Leonard Peltier before leaving office. But President Bush failed to act on the applications of "corporate felons" Conrad Black and Bernard Ebbers. As a result, their applications are still pending at the Justice Department. Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney says the applications of former Illinois Republican Governor George Ryan and Jonathan Pollard are also "pending" and thus "alive for consideration by President Barack Obama."

With some irony, Bush is described by the Herald as being "tight-fisted" with pardons without observing that President Obama has yet to grant a single pardon or commutation of sentence. As such, this administration is well on its way to becoming the very slowest to exercise the Article II clemency power. See story here.

1 comment:

Soronel Haetir said...

I would have serious problems with a pardon for Black whose case was just picked up by SCOTUS for consideration.

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