Tuesday, September 25, 2012

OPA Says 'No Way' to O.Henry Pardon

The Office of the Pardon Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, has declined to consider an application for the posthumous pardon of William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry) sponsored by the Editor of this blog and Scott Henson (Editor of the Grits for Breakfast blog). The application was sent to the Office via overnight mail on September 11 and the response was dated September 20 (after only seven working days).

While we are not particularly surprised at this response / outcome, we certainly did not expect it to emerge quite so swiftly. To the Office's general credit, the letter did make an attempt to explain the logic behind the decision. Of course, we reject that logic as being largely unsound, but appreciate the effort at transparency nonetheless.

Sign the online petition for the President to pardon O. Henry here.

Much, much, more on this story to follow ...

Update: Big shout out to whoever posted this to their Facebook account and brought over so many viewers and "likes." Really appreciate it, who ever you are :-)


Anonymous said...

Professor Ruckman, PLEASE post the response letter from the OPA!

Anonymous said...

Rejected a clemency application? Do they do anything else there???

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