Sunday, November 24, 2013

Letter to Times: More Mercy, Mr, President

Sanford Levinson is a professor at University of Texas Law School and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He has a letter in the opinion pages of the New York Times which observes:
 ...President Obama, whether for reasons of political calculation, personal psychology or the taint of former President Bill Clinton’s almost inexplicable pardon of Marc Rich on the last day of his presidency, has been notably unwilling to use that power.
Writes Levinson:
It is time for him to take more seriously not only his constitutional power, but also his duty to leaven with mercy an often indefensible federal system of criminal justice ... It is time — indeed, past time — for President Obama to educate the public about the injustice that runs through our criminal justice system with regard to sentencing and about the almost wanton destruction of lives of low-visibility people without friends in high places. He could (and should) provide a lesson in mercy at least and possibly even in forgiveness with the stroke of his pen and an edifying speech explaining his action.
See full letter here.

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