Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Seeking a Pardon: Wrong Time. Wrong Administration

Channel 12, Richmond, is reporting on Rodney White, who "spent more than 15 years in prison on a first-time, non-violent drug offense." After leaving prison, in February of 2007, White graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Richmond and is now a community college administrator. As he puts it, a pardon would go:
"... a long way in establishing that I have gone above and beyond to try and correct my wrong ... I'm not saying give me a pardon because, 'Hey I've been doing great things.' I broke the law. I admit that, but at least review the process. At least give me an opportunity to have a fair shot at my pardon being heard." 
So, he has drafted a ""petition" to the White House and is seeking 100,000 signatures in 30 days. White says it is not just about him. "But it can be for your family member who may one day want to seek a pardon themselves." See story here.

Unfortunately, for Mr. White, President Obama has - after seven years and a "revamped" DOJ model for processing clemency applications - the worst record on pardons of any modern President. Indeed, no one has done less on this front since John Adams (1797-1801) and some presidents who died in office before even completing a single term.

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