Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Obama's Mercy

The Village Voice is covering President Obama non-existent clemency program with particular focus on the case of a 75-year-old former banker, Peter Stanham who sleeps on a bottom bunk in a room with 16 other detainees in a federal immigration jail. Stanham was given a nine year sentence, in 2006, for bank-fraud. So, for five years, his family has been asking Bush and Obama for his release, so he can be deported to his native Uruguay to live out the rest of his days. The judge supports the request (as do four former presidents of Uruguay and 400 others!) and the prosecutor does not oppose it, still ...

Drayton Curry is reported to be the Nation's oldest federal prisoner - at 92. He was sentenced to life in prison, in 1991, under a so-called "three strikes" statute. He has served 20 years, is in poor health, but has a good work record in prison. See full story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Reporters ask the White House questions all the time so why don't they ask about the Presidential Pardon situation?

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