Wednesday, August 31, 2016
President Obama's first term was one of the most merciless in history. But this week, in what is apparently going to be part of a notable last-minute surge in clemency, he granted a set of commutations which had the effect of passing the 30,000 mark for individual grants by Presidents of the United States. This figure does not, of course, include group pardons, or amnesties.
We are thrilled for the recipients of the President's commutations, but continue to long for the day when clemency, once again, becomes part of the routine / monthly business of the presidency, and not merely a Christmastime / Fourth Year of the term / last-minute affair.