Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Farewell October!

Fare thee well October! For four years now, Barack Obama has not granted a single pardon or commutation of sentence in the month of October.

But, that's OK. Over eight years, George W. Bush also granted zero in the month of October. Bill Clinton actually granted seven pardons - across his eight years in office - during the month of October. All seven were granted in October of 2000. In his four years as president, George H.W. Bush granted zero pardons and commutations in the month of October.

What does it all mean? It means, across 24 years, and four different presidents, both Republican and Democrat, there has been a grand total of 7 acts of federal executive clemency in the month of October. Since all of them were granted by one president, in a single October, it means 23 of the last 24 Octobers have featured zero pardons and commutations.

Coming soon: November and December!

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