Love told her audience that "the system for reviewing cases and for getting cases, and the kinds of considerations that we brought to bear in the Department of Justice were really pretty random." She also added that "the degree of secrecy and randomness and inefficiency [in the present system] is extraordinary."
In a piece by Slate that is out today, Love sheds additional light on her experience. The piece claims Love "encountered [an] unmerciful tendency" in the Justice Department and that she "felt pressure to recommend fewer pardons than she was naturally inclined to." Said Love,
“I knew what the boss wanted, and wasn't about to send him a lot of reports he would only throw back at me ... That said, I tried to push my agenda (of getting the president to make more grants) as much as I could.”The "boss" is not identified but, interestingly, it reminded us of similar comments by the Deputy Attorney General when Love served, Eric Holder, who said, back in 2001:
First, I think one thing ought to be made clear. The Deputy Attorney General, the Pardon Attorney of the Justice Department, do not decide pardon requests. We make recommendations to the President where the decision is ultimately made. There have been times when we have made, I have made recommendations to the President in favor of a pardon request that was not granted.See full piece at Slate here.