Thursday, April 2, 2015

Data Lab: Weak on Data (and History)

Leah Libresco (using fiscal year data from the Department of Justice), at Five-Thirty Eight reminds readers of the well known fact that most presidents have granted the largest number of pardons in the fourth and final years of their terms. She then writes:
In addition to backloading pardons generally, presidents often delay their most controversial pardons until the very end of their last term, as Bill Clinton did when he pardoned Marc Rich.
But provides no data on that fun point. And with good reason. There is very little evidence to support that proposition, save Bill Clinton mania and/or laser like focus on the end of one's nose.

Pardon Power score: Gong!

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