Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Today, the New York Daily News argues that Gov. Paterson "must pardon John O’Hara," whose "unjust felony conviction" makes clemency on his behalf a "very easy case." Indeed, O'Hara's case has no "complications" and is "as clear-cut as they come." The News says O'Hara's 1999 arrest - for voting from the wrong address - rendered him "the first person convicted in New York for voting since suffragist Susan B. Anthony in 1873." The felony meant that he would lose his law license, pay a $20,000 fine, do 1,500 hours of community service and serve five years' probation. Last year, a state appellate found "grave doubts that Mr. O'Hara did anything that justified his criminal prosecution." See News editorial here.
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