Friday, January 7, 2011
The Columbus Dipatch reports outgoing Governor Ted Strickland has granted 152 pardons and 7 commutations of sentence. He also denied 607 clemency applications. The Dispatch says that, as a result, Strickland is "the first governor in recent memory to clear his desk of all requests before leaving office." On the other hand, "previous governors all left hundreds of requests for their successor." It is also reported that Strickland granted a total of 319 pardons (out of 1,615 requests). One pardon is conditioned on the recipient enrolling in a college-level ethics course and making at least a "B." See full story here.