Monday, December 20, 2010

Magnificent Display of Misplaced Priorities

Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic has a super fantastic piece which begins with the observation that, "One of the most damning character indictments of recent presidents is the cowardly, borderline corrupt way they've misused the pardon power." Friedersdorf notes, "many people deserving an executive reprieve are left to rot in prison" and the "odds of being shown mercy is incalculably higher if you happen to be a personal, political or ideological ally of the president." Obama has "so far been a failure too."

But Friedersdorf believes the "perfect illustration of misplaced priorities" is the attention that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) is giving to a possible pardon for the long dead outlaw Billy "the Kid." Why spend the same effort determining "the identities of the inevitable innocents incarcerated" or showing mercy to those who have been "imprisoned for years on end despite only having violated drug possession laws"? Friedersdorf  "cannot fathom" how a governor "could be so frivolous and lacking in judgment to spend the last hours of his administration wringing his hands over a long dead man whose guilt isn't in question."

Bravo! Bravo!

See, and comment, on this wonderful piece here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Its always amazing what can be done if a person is well connected and whats to make a name for them self by pardoning a dead man, who deserves nothing more than to remembered as a deadly killer of men.

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