Sunday, July 31, 2011

Controversial Support for Mercy

The Guardian reports that the prospect of Ireland electing Europe's first openly gay president "has receded" following the disclosure that senator David Norris "wrote a clemency letter 14 years ago for a former lover who was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old boy." Indeed, a number of people have resigned from his campaign team and Norris now says his chances of being nominated to go forward in the upcoming election are "slim." On the other hand, public opinion polls have revealed Norris to be "far ahead of any potential rival."

Norris' letter of support was written on Irish parliamentary notepaper and claimed that his friend had been lured into "carefully prepared trap." It also claimed that there never should have been a plea of guilt in the case. See story here.

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