Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Obama Commutes Sentence to Correct Error

The Associated Press reports that President Barack Obama has granted the 10th commutation of sentence in his administration. It is reported that an "error" was made "in a report used to sentence convicted drug dealer Ceasar Cantu of Katy, Texas, and resulted in 3 1/2 extra years being added to his prison term." Obama thus commuted the sentence (handed down in 2006) from 180 months, to 136 months.

Jay Carney says, "Given the circumstances of this case and the manifest injustice of keeping a person in federal prison for an extra three and a half years because of a typographical mistake, the president wanted to act as quickly as possible." See story here. and here.

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