Friday, November 4, 2016
There are other requests for posthumous pardons floating around (Jack Johnson, Marcus Garvey, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, etc.), and every case is different. But O. Henry's case is substantively, categorically different from all of the others. The other requests feature numerous elements of controversy. The White House will find itself having to defend those pardons.
Not so in the case of O. Henry. The President quoted O. Henry one Thanksgiving. The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating what would have been O. Henry's 150th birthday. And with good reason. O. Henry lived such an exemplary (and accomplished) life after his conviction that most people (including his own daughter) had no idea he had ever spent time in prison. When the word got out - after his death - many assumes he was innocent all along. Thus, the Editor of this blog has, once again, filed a formal application for posthumous pardon with the Office of the Pardon Attorney.
You can read the cover letter to the O. Henry application here.
You can read the O. Henry pardon application here.
O. Henry's offense is described here.
And, most importantly, the several reasons why President Obama should grant a posthumous pardon to O. Henry are enumerated here.