Friday, November 2, 2012

Saunders on Nunn, Obama and Pardons

Debra Saunders, who is perhaps the only columnist of note in the United States that maintains persistent interest in the pardon power, has written a piece centered on Serena Nunn, whose 15-year prison sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense was commuted by Bill Clinton. The commutation only cut three years off of Nunn's sentence, who was 19 years old at the time of the offense. Nunn went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School and has passed the Georgia bar.

Judge David Doty said:
If mandatory minimum sentencing did not exist, no judge in America, including me, would have ever sentenced Ms. Nunn to 15 years in prison based on her role in the conspiracy, her age and the fact that she had no prior criminal convictions before the instant offense ...
Saunders describes how Families Against Mandatory Minimums came to Nunn's assistance and speculates about future pardons in the Obama administration. Read the complete column here.

1 comment:

stufried said...

I've been following her story. I just read that she has cleared Georgia moral character and will be sworn in shortly. I have a small story on it here:

As you can see, the story has been patched more than once. I was originally confused because Georgia permits former offenders to become attorneys. They have a heavy burden of proof, but a pardon is not necessary.

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