Still, with audacity that might make other convicted felons blush, Blagojevich had his lawyers, family and supporters beg Judge James Zagel for leniency ... One thing is certain: Distressed Illinoisans could use some mercy right about now.See full editorial here.
Monday, December 12, 2011
The South Bend Tribune notes that, during his 6 years as governor, Rod Blagojevich "meted out very little mercy when presented with petitions for clemency." Indeed, he entered the office with 10 clemency petitions awaiting review and left a backlog of 2,500! While he granted 134 petitions, he also denied about 2,000 - a "pretty Scrooge-like" mercy rate of about 6 percent. Pat Quinn, on the other hand, has a grant rate of about 38 percent (666 petitions granted, 1,069 denied).