Thursday, October 8, 2015

October: Good for Cubs (So Far), Bad for Pardons

October is here. Not good for the pardon power.

Barack Obama has not granted a single pardon or commutation of sentence in the month of October.

Over eight years, George W. Bush granted zero in the month of October.

Bill Clinton granted a total of seven pardons across his eight years in office during the month of October - all seven of them being 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 26 years, four different presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have issued a grand total of 7 pardons in the month of October. Since all of them were granted by one president, in a single October, it means 25 of the last 26 Octobers have featured zero pardons and commutations. The odds are better that the Great Pumpkin will appear ... next year!

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