Sunday, June 21, 2009

Maryland: Getting Tough?

The Washington Post notes former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) drew "national notice" for his "aggressive use of his executive clemency powers." Ehrlich actually granted only 249 pardons and commutations of sentence. But the current governor, Martin O'Malley, is said to have "quietly but abruptly reversed that trend" because he seed clemency requests as "less pressing than his other public-safety priorities." Or, as O'Malley puts it, he has a "tough-on-crime orientation." But, Margaret Colgate Love, a D.C. based attorney, sees it as being "tough" on "people who have been out many years, and they're looking for forgiveness." For additional information on clemency in Martland and Virginia, see the entires story here.

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