Thursday, June 10, 2010

Watch List: Johnson Pardon Now "Unlikely"

The Reno News and Review reports that a posthumous pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson is now "unlikely." Like most articles of its type, this one says very little at all about the merit of Johnson as a dead clemency applicant. Instead there is the usual distraction with the colorful story / life of the champ. In a spectacular salute to peculiarity, however, the piece says the Justice Department "delivered a shocker by recommending against the pardon." Most students of the pardon power are well aware of the fact that posthumous pardons have been opposed by almost every Justice Department in the history of the Nation. That is exactly why the first one never even occurred until the administration of Bill Clinton. See story here.

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