Thursday, July 23, 2009

Most Famous Pardon that Never Was?

Exhibiting the standard rarely-past-the-end-of-the-nose commentary that all too often plagues what one reads regarding pardons, this blogger has taken to describing George W. Bush's decision making re Scooter Libby as "the most famous pardon that never was." God help us all if this laziness catches on to any degree.

Sit down with Google ten or twenty minutes today and convince yourself Libby will have to stand in a long, LONG line. Research: John Yates Beall, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Samuel Mudd, any of several Watergate defendants, Oliver North, William Calley, Laura Ingall, Marcus Garvey, Mary Surratt, Albert Fall ...

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Anonymous said...

Samuel Mudd *was* pardoned. See

P.S. Ruckman, Jr. said...

EDITOR: In a very cramped, technical sense, you are right. But this is a time when clemency warrants often made no difference between pardons and commutations of sentence. Mudd'd pardon clearly had the effect of a commutation (he was released from prison) and it did not clear him of guilt. Which is exactly why the family has sought the more modern form of a pardon.

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