Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Commutations Announced Today ...

Word is President Obama will be granting 214 commutations of sentence today. If so, it will be a record for commutations of sentence granted in a single day.

The previous record was set by Franklin Roosevelt on July 26, 1935. On that day, FDR granted 151 commutations of sentence. Below is a chart of notable single day commutation grants. For those with more technical knowledge of clemency, President Obama's record is clearly established even with the blur between commutations and pardons that existed in the 1700s and 1800s.

President
Date
Number of Commutations
Notes
Obama
8/3/2016
214
drug offenses
FDR
7/26/1935
151
cond. deportations
Wilson
3/3/1919
51
49 vio. Esionage  Act
Wilson
4/22/1919
49
48 vio. Espionage Act.
Harding
6/19/1923
44
22 for esp. vio. select. serv. act.
Cleveland
12/4/1896
43
All for cutting timber on government land
Coolidge
12/15/1923
31
29 hindering select. serv.act.
Hoover
1/7/1932
25
All for Ill. entering country, cond. deportation
T.Roos
6/9/1903
24
17 for larceny of a horse / 1 mule
Harding
12/23/1921
23
19 esp .select. serv. act
Wilson
10/13/1920
18
Taft
6/10/1910
17
10 sell. liq. indians
T.Roos
12/18/1905
12
Cleveland
8/20/1888
9
All for hazing, Navy
Taft
5/11/1912
8
consp. restraint trade

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