Sunday, May 29, 2011

Call for Another FALN Commutation

The Chicago Tribune reports "activists" are calling on President Obama to grant a pardon to 68-year old Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera. In 1999, Bill Clinton granted conditional commutations of sentence, which were accepted by many fellow members of F.A.L.N. But, now, a "national campaign" has been launched to urge President Barack Obama to commute Rivera's sentence. To date, Obama has not granted a single commutation of sentence and is one of the slowest presidents in history to do so.

The Tribune reports Rivera was denied release by the U.S. Parole Commission in February. A statement was also released which indicated the decision was based on "the seriousness of the offenses" as well as "public safety" and  "specific characteristics of the offender.” See story here.

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