Sunday, November 15, 2009

Editorial: Johnson Pardon a Sure Thing!

The last few fiscal years have featured record numbers of applications for pardons and commutation of sentence in the Department of Justice, and more than a few denials. Yet, this editorial, appearing in the Denver Post says that Barak Obama will "surely" grant a pardon to the long-dead boxer Jack Johnson by next year! The editorial notes that such a pardon "won't end racism" (duh!) and "it won't erase that part of our nation's shameful past" (or Johnson's either, for that matter). But, says the editorial, "it rights a wrong" (as would the more proper action, a presidential proclamation) and would mark "just how far we've come" (Hardly. It would only mark how irrelevant and un-important a once significant presidential power has become).

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