He’s somebody who spent most of his career in the military and not in civilian criminal law ... Frankly he’s very stingy about recommending anyone for clemency.Indeed! As this blog recently reported, since Rodgers arrived in that Office (in April 2008), he has overseen the denial of almost 10,000 clemency applications. That is a greater number of denials than all of the U.S. Pardon Attorneys before him combined, across the previous 26 fiscal years!
Meanwhile Osler would like to see an "overhaul" in the pardon process:
The Department of Justice … is an entire agency full of prosecutors. And because of that there’s a natural disinclination towards clemency.He suggests the creation of a pardoning board, much like what can be found in most states. See full story here.