I mean, do these lawyers even know President Obama's record on clemency ?
Bout was given a 25-year sentence for "conspiring to kill U.S. nationals and sell arms to militants." More specifically:
Bout, a former Soviet military officer, was found guilty of conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, including military officers and employees, conspiring to use anti-aircraft missiles, and selling millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the Colombian rebel group FARC.But his legal team observes that, in 2000, Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned a U.S. citizen accused of spying.
Do they know Obama's DOJ is less merciful than Putin's regime?
It is reported that Bout’s defense "will also appeal to both the U.S. Court of Appeals and to the Supreme Court" which - given what we know, and is well known - makes infinitely more sense than counting on a pardon. There is also the hope that the U.S. will extradite Bout to Russia so that he could serve his time there. See story here.