"I think it's a great honor. We know Jesus Christ forgave us, but sometimes society has a lot of difficulty forgiving people for the things they've done."Indeed! To date, President Obama has granted 17 pardons and rejected almost 4,000 requests for pardons or commutations of sentence. The Editor of PardonPower is quoted as saying:
"In an era of booming federal prison populations, mandatory minimum sentences, three-strikes laws, the growth of the 'nanny state' and over-criminalization, the need for regular use of the pardon power is greater than ever. Amazingly, the most popular explanation for scarce use of the power -- that controversial pardons expend tremendous political capital -- is altogether flimsy. The typical pardon simply restores the civil rights of an unknown, average person who has committed an offense and served their time a long, long time ago."Delaney explores several aspects of the handful of pardons that President Obama has granted and is essentially left asking, Why them? Why not so many many others as well? One recipient explained: "My lucky day, I guess." LIkewise, former U.S. Pardon Attorney Margaret Colgate love says, "I'm sure that those who were pardoned are all deserving, but it isn't clear to me what distinguishes them from many hundreds of others who applied and were turned down." See article here.