Sunday, September 23, 2012

T. Roosevelt Does His Thing

In February of 1903, Theodore Roosevelt commuted the one-year prison sentence of one John Bolan of Arizona. The U.S. Attorney General had carefully reviewed the case and decided that Bolan's offense was deliberately committed with "full knowledge" of both the law and the "consequences."

As a result the Attorney General advised Roosevelt that Bolan's application for a commutation of sentence should be denied. The sentence, however, was commuted by Roosevelt to expire at once! Bolan's offense? "Engaging in a pugilistic encounter."

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