Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Keys to Eggleston: Get Me Clemency From Obama!

Matthew Keys
Josh Gerstein (Politico) writes that Matthew Keys, "a California-based journalist facing a two-year prison term after being convicted in a hacking case," is looking for help from President Obama. More specifically, Keys - who maintains his innocence - is entering prison for:
" ... posting login credentials for a Tribune Co. publishing system in an online forum used by members of the hacking group Anonymous. At a trial last fall in federal court in Sacramento, a jury convicted Keys of three felony counts of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. over the episode, which led to a news story on the Los Angeles Times website being briefly defaced."
Notably, Keys is not not making his play to the Office of the Pardon Attorney, in the Department of Justice, where record numbers of applications are being denied, closed, or left pending and the receipt of FOIA requests are not even recognized, much less addressed.

No, Keys addressed his letter to White House Counsel Neil "Starving and Sleepless" Eggleston and - Gerstein tells us - argues his crime was "relatively innocuous" and his sentence "is wildly excessive." Keys wrote:
 "Although I do not understand the nuances of law, I am aware that at this point only presidential intervention in the form of a commutation of sentence or a presidential pardon can prevent the execution of this draconian sentence ... Therefore, I respectfully request your assistance in advocating on my behalf for President Obama to review my case and consider using any and all executive powers afforded to him in preventing my scheduled incarceration and any other provision of the sentence for his he feels is unjustified and unwarranted. Doing so would not only reverse what many consider to be an unwarranted sentence triggered by an overzealous prosecutor based on a draconian and outdated law, it will allow me to continue serving the public as a journalist." 
See Gerstein's full story here.

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