Saturday, October 24, 2009

Clemency Experts on Obama, Jack Johnson

It is a sad and telling commentary on the emptiness of the rhetoric of hope and change [that] President Obama was not able to find even a single case in the massive federal criminal justice system meriting some kind of clemency relief during his first 100 days in office. I’m very disappointed. - Douglas Berman

Pardoning used to be considered a part of the routine housekeeping business of the presidency and hundreds of grants were made every year, without fanfare, to ordinary people. But the system broke down in the Clinton administration and the Justice Department’s pardon office has become a place where petitions for presidential mercy go to die. - Margaret Love

[A Jackson pardon] would send the message that pardons are only for dead people - Daniel Kobil

[A] posthumous pardon would further trivialize the significance of a power that should, instead, be both profound and relevant. Instead of engaging in the gratuitous, symbolic politics of the legislature, the president should reserve the pardon power to address the real problems of the thousands of living people whose applications are sitting in the Department of Justice - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

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