Monday, May 14, 2012

Watch List: Clarence Aaron Docs

The Washington Post claims Ronald Rodgers, the current pardon attorney, "left out critical information" in recommending denial of Aaron’s application and "failed to accurately convey the views of the prosecutor and judge" because he "did not disclose that they had advocated for Aaron’s immediate commutation." Here are the relevant documents. You can be the judge.

December 12, 1993 - DAG denial memo

September 25, 20002 - Original DA Recommendation Against Clemency

May 23, 2008 - Aaron Affidavit

Nov. 25, 2008 - New DA to Rodgers
* Recommending the sentence be commuted to 25 years, but not to "time served."

Dec. 2, 2008 - Memo, Morison to Rodgers
* Summarizing telephone conversation with judge, who said Aaron deserved "relief" and that it would not "be at all unfair" to release him at once. So, he (the judge) "would have no objection" to a commutation to time served.

Dec. 3, 2008 - Memo, Rodgers to Lee
* Reports that the DA thinks commutation to time served is a "poor idea" and that the sentence should be commuted to 25 years. But also claims the DA thinks the application is 10 years "premature." Reports the judge had "no objection" to commuting the sentence at once.

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