Thursday, August 4, 2016

Former Pardon Attorney on Obama's Clemency Record

Margaret Colgate Love was U.S. Pardon Attorney during one of the least merciful spans of time in American history - from 1990 to 1997, during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

She is now in private practice, representing clients applying for pardons and commutations of sentence. According to U.S. News and World Report, with respect to pardons, she is concerned that they are a "really important part of the clemency caseload," but have "been so neglected” by President Obama. Says Love,
“It’s bad enough that the president is the only way to go for people who have served their sentence and are seeking relief from collateral consequences and restoration of their rights ... But when the president says ‘the door is closed, I’m not home for you,’ that’s very troublesome. I’m not sure he appreciates that in effect is what he’s said.” 
President Obama spoke at length on the topic in a press conference today.

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