The Justice Department, which handles clemency requests for the president, declined to comment Wednesday. Such petitions generally remain under review for months; Obama has not yet granted a pardon or reduced a prison sentence despite receiving more 2,300 requests, according to Justice Department figures.Birkenfeld is currently scheduled for release on Nov. 29, 2012. The Whistleblowers Center is also starting online petition drive urging Obama to grant Birkenfeld clemency.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
National Whistleblowers Center says it will file an application for federal executive clemency on behalf of an imprisoned former Swiss banker, 45-year old Bradley Birkenfeld, who is credited with exposing widespread tax evasion at a Swiss bank (UBS). The problem was that Birkenfeld did not disclose his own illegal behavior. The result was a three year sentence, which he began serving on January 8. The Associated Press notes: