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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Add Meaningful Pardon of O. Henry to Dumb Turkey Pardons

September 23, 2016
Robert A. Zauzmer, U.S. Pardon Attorney
Office of the Pardon Attorney
4th Floor, 500 First Street, N.W.
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

Robert,

Enclosed, you will find a formal application for the posthumous pardon of William Sydney Porter (O. Henry). The perfect time for this grant would be Thanksgiving, 2016.

It is my understanding that, in the past, other persons have made informal inquiries re the possibility of such a pardons but did not file a formal application and were met with the Department of Justice’s once traditional negative stance on posthumous pardoning.

Unlike other attempts at obtaining posthumous pardons, this application 1) makes considerable effort to show - empirically - that the intended recipient would have probably been considered well-deserving of clemency had he but applied in his own day and 2) that he is an excellent example of the kind of offender that President Obama has reached out to - in historically impressive ways - with commutations of sentence and the Department of Justice’s Clemency Project 2014 initiative.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Watch List: Johnson Down for the Count?

The CBS News blog reports that it appears as though President Obama will align himself with the long-standing, common-sense policies of the Department of Justice and will refrain - at least for now - from using the pardon power as a cheap tool of congressional symbolic politics. That is to say, he will use the pardon power to the benefit of living persons, suffering disability and in need as opposed to using it to benefit of posing politicians or person's like former boxing legend Jack Johnson, who is dead, is suffering no disability and never felt the need to apply for a pardon while alive. See item here.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Watch List: McCain Urges Symbolic Pardon

The Associated Press reports that that United States Senate is "urging" President Barack Obama to grant a posthumous pardon to the late black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. Johnson was charged with violating the Mann Act almost a century ago. The resolution was sponsored by Arizona Republican John McCain. To date, Obana has not granted a single pardon or commutation of sentence. If it take symbolic politics to crank up the President's clemency policy, then so be it. See story here.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Campaign 08: McCain and the Pardon Power

Over at Sentencing Law and Policy, there is commentary on Scott McClellan's new book, Scooter Libby and John McCain's views on things. I had actually started a post on McCain and the pardon power back in February and just never got around to proofing it up. This might be the time to let it out. Here is what I came up with:

* On January 26, 2001, Senator John McCain called Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich "a disgrace." But, then again, who didn't? I mean, other than Mrs Clinton - whose obfuscations can be enjoyed here.

* On July 17, 2004, McCain announced that he would join others in order to pursue a posthumous pardon for legendary boxer Jack Johnson, who violated the Mann Act in 1913. McCain believes Johnson "was an incredible athlete" who "made significant inroads for other African-American athletes" and that the "use of a law was perverted" when it sent such a "decent American to jail."

* On January 9, 2007, McCain was non-commital with respect to a possible presidential pardon for Scooter Libby, but said that he would give it "careful consideration" if prison time were in the mix. On March 6, 2007, McCain had no comment on Libby's conviction. Afterward, on June 6, 2007, he continued to say that it was important to just "see what happens" in the Libby case.

* When the Libby commutation finally landed, July 3, 2007, McCain was asked if he had any comment. The response was a simple, "Nope." Then, two months later, on September 3, 2007, he accused President Bush of dodging a tough decision saying, "I’m very reluctant to second-guess, but I have to say I would have pardoned him or not pardoned him.” Anyone else see anything humorous about that quote?!

* Mike Huckabee, who appears to be under consideration as McCain's running mate noted, in January that, if he (Huckabee) were elected president, he would pardon U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. Huckabee said he would make the pardon his "first act." But McCain has not taken a position on the agents to date. Maybe it is safe to say that McCain will either pardon, or not pardon, them!

Updated 5/31/08

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

O. Henry Petition Deep-Sixed

We wanted to inform our readers re the status of our recent petition for the posthumous pardon of O. Henry. We filed the petition on the advice of the former U.S. Pardon Attorney, Robert Zauzmer. We have done this twice before. Once, a former Pardon Attorney rejected it outright. The second time, the same Pardon Attorney did not even respond to the request.

In our recent (third) attempt, we asked the U.S. Pardon Attorney to forward the petition (or the standard summary of its contents) to the President without any formal recommendation. Which is to say, we wanted to avoid the standard default - "no" - of that Office. They are experts in saying it, so many ways. While petitions are not normally forwarded in this manner, such a thing would not have been unprecedented. Not even close.

As we saw it, we would get what we wanted - the petition would be seen by the President). The pardons office should have also been pleased - it could save its precious times, time that it clearly wanted to spend on almost exclusively on commutations of sentence for a single category of offenders. In sum, our request made hard sense. Mr. Zauzmer assured us the O. Henry petition  (or standard summary) would make it before "the President's eyes."

We were thrilled.

What we have since learned is that the former Pardon Attorney took it upon himself to re-litigate the issue of whether or not a president could / should be able to grant posthumous pardons. Bill Clinton granted the first (to Henry Flipper, in 1999). George W. Bush granted the second (to Charlie Winters in 2008). But maybe that was all by mistake. So, the Pardon Attorney studied the question himself (with the assistance of materials that we sent to him, to expedite his decision making). He then forwarded materials related to the issue (and, evidently, a recommendation memo) to White House staff. The decision was then made - between them - that no posthumous pardons would be entertained by President Obama. No O. Henry. No Jack Johnson. No Marcus Garvey. Etc. Etc. Any such applications were ignored as a matter of policy. They were not rejected on the merits.

We hope that the new Pardon Attorney manages that office more openly, honestly and with a greater eye toward precedent, efficiency and fairness, as opposed to clumsy PR ("making history," "records," etc.). Regardless, we will file another petition. And, we will once again ask that the Office of the Pardon Attorney - aka, the House of "No" - will, somehow, allow it to escape the clutches of the automatons.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Obama: A Crack in the Wall?

For weeks, there has been fairly uninhibited media speculation about whom Obama may or may not pardon, or commentary about whom he should or should not pardon. Will he pardon Hillary Clinton? Edward Snowden? Leonard Peltier? former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich? former CIA director David Petraeus? US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl? Chelsea Manning? Marcus Garvey? Jack Johnson? Julius and Ethel Rosenberg?

Cooler heads (we like to think we are among them) have noted that President Obama has been wildly stingy with pardons and his clemency record, overall, has featured no stunts. There are no grants to friends, family members, partisan hacks and donors. Applications have not by-passed the Justice Department. Waiting period guidelines have not been violated. The President himself has said pardons and applications have to go through the vetting process. As he put it in August, he said:
“The process that I put in place is not going to vary depending on how close I get to the election ... So it's going to be reviewed by the pardon attorney, it will be reviewed by my White House counsel, and I'm going to, as best as I can, make these decisions based on the merits, as opposed to political considerations.”
Whatever one wants to say about Obama, he has played it straight. And, he has avoided high-profile, controversial cases. While, yes, anything could happen, there is simply nothing on the radar screen that would encourage any reasonable person that the Bill Clinton last-minute craziness will ensue.

Today, Gregory Korte of USA Today tweets:
On a commutation for Blagojevich, Obama tells @CarolMarin: "On some of these high-profile cases, we'll see what gets to my desk."
Of course, the language is just Delphic enough to hold up on the flight to Vegas. Does he mean what "gets to" his desk formally? after going through the process? Or does he mean "get to" his desk by whatever pathway there is to his desk?

Friday, November 4, 2016

Obama's Thanksgiving Opportunity

As we approach Thanksgiving and the classically annoying turkey pardoning exercise, we remind the President that he has a very excellent opportunity to do something smart, right, appropriate and perfectly befitting his legacy of concern re second chances, rehabilitation and the harsh effects of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. He could grant a posthumous pardon to the great American short story writer O. Henry.

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.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Delaware: Pardons!

DelawareOnline reports Gov. Jack Markell "has signed 1,569 pardons during his six-plus years in office, more than any other Delaware governor." Data suggest the record of previous governors is as follows:

1977-1984, Du Pont: 238 grants, 39 denials
1985-1992, Castle: 382 grants, 17 denials
1993-2000, Carper: 675 grants, 123 denials
2001-2008: Miner: 940 grants, 82 denials
2009/2014, Markell: 1339 grants, 887 denials

Since 1950, "the board has recommended pardons for about 85 percent of 4,800 applicants. Governors have granted 93 percent of the board-approved bids." It is reported that "the vast majority" of Markell's pardons were given to "people with minor offenses" but some went to "criminals with serious felonies. The News Journal is concerned that the state "doesn't track the progress of those who have received pardons" and "has no system to follow whether a person who receives a pardon commits another crime."

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Obama: Watch List '15

President Obama has granted so few pardons and commutations of sentence, we haven't much thought of anticipating individual pardons. But that doesn't mean the subject is not on the minds of others. And, with a recent round of commutations and the end of the term approaching, it is probably only a matter of time before the media engages in prognostication with reckless abandon. Interested readers may see our explanation of our own approach to this exercise here.

Watch List: Here are some individuals who have 1) expressed interest in clemency 2) been mentioned in media outlets as deserving clemency or 3) are being supported for clemency through assorted "campaigns":

Stephen Lee Arrington (cocaine trafficking) released
- ACORN (voter fraud)
- Weldon Angelos (marijuana)
- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl(desertion)
- Jim Black (corruption) released
Barry Bonds (obstruction of justice) 
- Hillary Clinton (not charged)
- Randall "Duke" Cunningham (bribery, tax law violations) released
- Edwin Edwards (racketeering) released
- Jerry Eversole (lying to FBI)
- Bobby Ferguson (racketeering, extortion, bribery)
- Katie Hall (mail fraud) deceased
- Dan Hanks (quite the rap sheet!)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion) released
- William Jefferson (bribery, corruption)
- Jesse Jackson, Jr. (illegal use of campaign funds) released
- Sandi Jackson (plea)
- Jack Johnson (violation of Mann Act) deceased
- Marion Jones (steroids) released
- Kwame Kilpatrick - (racketeering, extortion and bribery)
- John Walker Lindh (terrorism)
- Bradley Manning (espionage)
Chris McNair (bribery) released
- Michael Milken (junk bond king)
- Leonard Peltier (double murder)
- O. Henry (embezzlement) deceased
- General David Petraeus (unauthorized sharing of classified information)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying)  
- Tony Rezko (corruption) a "spokesman" has said it will not happen
- George Ryan (corruption) released 
- Michael G. Santos (cocaine distribution) released
- Richard Scrushy (bribery) released
- Don Siegelman (trading favors for contributions)
- Wesley Snipes (income tax evasion) released
- Edward Snowden
- Martha Stewart (conspiracy) released
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dog fighting ring) released
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering) released

- Chris Williams (drugs)
- Jeri Wright (money laundering)

See anyone missing? Let us know. Make your case! We might very well add them! Incidentally, we are not keeping score here. But, in the past, the following people appearing on our "Watch List" have received pardons or commutations: Ignacio Ramos, Jose CompeanCharlie Winters, John Forte, Lawrence Hutchins.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Obama to Pardon Sandi Jackson?

Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun Times has this to offer:
The hottest rumor to come down the political pike: Speculation President Barack Obama may pardon former Ald. Sandi Jackson before he leaves office in January 2017.
So, just like that, another candidate for our patented Pardon Watch List !

Watch List: Here are some individuals who have 1) expressed interest in clemency 2) been mentioned in media outlets as deserving clemency or 3) are being supported for clemency through assorted "campaigns":

- Clarence Aaron (drug conviction)
Stephen Lee Arrington (cocaine trafficking)
- ACORN (voter fraud)
- Weldon Angelos (marijuana) 
- Jim Black (corruption) 
Barry Bonds (obstruction of justice) 
- Randall "Duke" Cunningham (bribery, tax law violations)
- Edwin Edwards (racketerring), released
- Katie Hall (mail fraud)
- Dan Hanks (quite the rap sheet!)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- William Jefferson (bribery, corruption)
- Jesse Jackson, Jr. (plea)
- Sandi Jackson (plea)
- Jack Johnson (violation of Mann Act) not looking good
- Marion Jones (steroids) 
- John Walker Lindh (terrorism)
- Bradley Manning (espionage)
Chris McNair (bribery)
- Michael Milken (junk bond king)
- Serena Nunn (sentence commuted by Clinton)
- Leonard Peltier (double murder)
- O. Henry (embezzlement)  
- Jonathan Pollard (spying)  
- Tony Rezko (corruption) a "spokesman" has said it will not happen
- George Ryan (corruption), released 
- Michael G. Santos (cocaine distribution)   
- Richard Scrushy (bribery)
- Don Siegelman (trading favors for contributions)
- Wesley Snipes (income tax evasion)
- Edward Snowden
- Martha Stewart (conspiracy)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)

- Chris Williams (drugs)

See anyone missing? Let us know. Make your case! We might very well add them! Incidentally, we are not keeping score here. But, in the past, the following people appearing on our "Watch List" have received pardons or commutations: Ignacio Ramos, Jose CompeanCharlie Winters, John Forte, Lawrence Hutchins.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Watch List: Jackson Jr. Sentenced, Pardon to Follow?

Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Jesse Jackson, Jr., who, along with his wife, pilfered more than a quarter of a million dollars of campaign donations has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison - with the possibility of a four month reduction.

As he got into a car to drive away from reporters, Jackson, who used checks and credit cards more than 3,000 times for "personal items (such as multiple flat screen televisions, sports club memberships, nightclubs and lounges, a gold-plated Rolex watch, fur capes and parkas), said:
"I still believe in forgiveness and redemption ... and I still believe in the resurrection." 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Obama: The Watch List

December is almost here. 1 out of every 2 pardons and commutations of sentence over the last 39 years has been granted in the month of December. Word is that only a small pile of clemency recommendations has escaped the ubiquitous "NO" stamp of the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Although it appears that NO ONE has much of a chance of benefiting from federal executive clemency, here is a list of individuals who have 1) expressed interest in clemency 2) been mentioned in media outlets as deserving clemency or 3) are being supported for clemency through assorted "campaigns":

- Clarence Aaron (drug conviction)
Stephen Lee Arrington (cocaine trafficking)
- ACORN (voter fraud)
- Weldon Angelos (marijuana) 
- Jim Black (corruption) 
Barry Bonds (obstruction of justice) 
- Randall "Duke" Cunningham (bribery, tax law violations)
- Edwin Edwards (racketerring) application rejected by Bush
- Katie Hall (mail fraud)
- Dan Hanks (quite the rap sheet!)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- William Jefferson (bribery, corruption)
- Jesse Jackson, Jr. (under investigation)
- Jack Johnson (violation of Mann Act) not looking good
- Marion Jones (steroids) 
- John Walker Lindh (terrorism)
- Kenny Lumpkin (crack offense)
Chris McNair (bribery)
- Michael Milken (junk bond king)
- Serena Nunn (sentence commuted by Clinton)
- Leonard Peltier (double murder)
- O. Henry (embezzlement)  
- Jonathan Pollard (spying)  
- Tony Rezko (corruption) a "spokesman" has said it will not happen
- George Ryan (corruption)  
- Michael G. Santos (cocaine distribution)   
- Richard Scrushy (bribery)
- Don Siegelman (trading favors for contributions)
Wesley Snipes (income tax evasion)
- Martha Stewart (conspiracy)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)

- Chris Williams (drugs)

See anyone missing? Let us know. Make your case! We might very well add them! Incidentally, we are not keeping score here. But, in the past, the following people appearing on our "Watch List" have received pardons or commutations: Ignacio Ramos, Jose CompeanCharlie Winters, John Forte, Lawrence Hutchins.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Oregon: Mercy? I Don't Want No Stinkin' Mercy!

The Associated Press reports that Gov. John Kitzhaber has blocked Gary Haugen's execution with a "reprieve" (or a delay). While such decisions are not particularly rare, this one has an interesting twist to it: Haugen (a twice-convicted murderer) did not ask for the delay, and does not want it! The lack of interest on Haugen's part is consistent with the fact that he has "voluntarily waived legal appeals that could delay his execution for years and has fought to speed his punishment in protest of a criminal justice system that he says is broken." The Governor ... agrees! Yes, the Governor believes capital punishment laws are "compromised and inequitable."

Haugen's attorney says the governor's delay has placed an "onerous condition" his client, who now sits on "death row," unsure as to whether or not he will ever actually be executed! The horror! The attorney also argues that a reprieve "is not effective until accepted by the recipient" and Haugen has choosen not to accept. Finally, it is argued that the reprieve is "illegal" because it has "no specific expiration date."

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Watch List 2012: Some Modifications

Some modifications to our Pardon Watch List for 2012. We remove John Edwards and add Stephen Arrington. Please no betting. Here are some  individuals who have 1) expressed interest in clemency 2) been mentioned in media outlets as deserving clemency or 3) are being supported for clemency through assorted "campaigns":

- Clarence Aaron (drug conviction)
Stephen Lee Arrington (cocaine trafficking)
- ACORN (voter fraud)
- Weldon Angelos (marijuana) 
- Jim Black (corruption) 
Barry Bonds (obstruction of justice) 
- Randall "Duke" Cunningham (bribery, tax law violations)
- Edwin Edwards (racketerring) application rejected by Bush
- Katie Hall (mail fraud)
- Dan Hanks (quite the rap sheet!)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- William Jefferson (bribery, corruption)
- Jesse Jackson, Jr. (plea)
- Jack Johnson (violation of Mann Act) not looking good
- Marion Jones (steroids) 
- John Walker Lindh (terrorism)
Chris McNair (bribery)
- Michael Milken (junk bond king)
- Serena Nunn (sentence commuted by Clinton)
- Leonard Peltier (double murder)
- O. Henry (embezzlement)  
- Jonathan Pollard (spying)  
- Tony Rezko (corruption) a "spokesman" has said it will not happen
- George Ryan (corruption)  
- Michael G. Santos (cocaine distribution)   
- Richard Scrushy (bribery)
- Don Siegelman (trading favors for contributions)
Wesley Snipes (income tax evasion)
- Martha Stewart (conspiracy)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)

- Chris Williams (drugs)

See anyone missing? Let us know. Make your case! We might very well add them! Incidentally, we are not keeping score here. But, in the past, the following people appearing on our "Watch List" have received pardons or commutations: Ignacio Ramos, Jose CompeanCharlie Winters, John Forte, Lawrence Hutchins.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Pardon Watch List, 2012

OK, here is our first run of the Pardon Watch List for 2012. Please no betting. Here are some  individuals who have 1) expressed interest in clemency 2) been mentioned in media outlets as deserving clemency or 3) are being supported for clemency through assorted "campaigns":

- Clarence Aaron (drug conviction)
- ACORN (voter fraud)
- Weldon Angelos (marijuana) 
- Jim Black (corruption) 
Barry Bonds (obstruction of justice) 
- Randall "Duke" Cunningham (bribery, tax law violations)
- Edwin Edwards (racketerring) application rejected by Bush
- John Edwards (illegal use of campaign funds)
- Katie Hall (mail fraud)
- Dan Hanks (quite the rap sheet!)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- William Jefferson (bribery, corruption)
- Jack Johnson (violation of Mann Act) not looking good
- Marion Jones (steroids) 
- John Walker Lindh (terrorism)
Chris McNair (bribery)
- Michael Milken (junk bond king)
- Leonard Peltier (double murder)

- O. Henry (embezzlement)  
- Jonathan Pollard (spying)  
- Tony Rezko (corruption) a "spokesman" has said it will not happen
- George Ryan (corruption)  
- Michael G. Santos (cocaine distribution)   
- Richard Scrushy (bribery)
- Don Siegelman (trading favors for contributions)
Wesley Snipes (income tax evasion)
- Martha Stewart (conspiracy)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)

See anyone missing? Let us know. Make your case! We might very well add them! Incidentally, we are not keeping score here. But, in the past, the following people appearing on our "Watch List" have received pardons or commutations: Ignacio Ramos, Jose CompeanCharlie Winters, John Forte, Lawrence Hutchins.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Top Ten Google Responses: "Obama Should Pardon ..."

As of today, here are the Top Ten Google responses to the search string "Obama should pardon ..."

10. Mumia Abu-Jamal
9. Michael Phelps
8. George W .Bush
7. Crack cocaine convicts
6. People (as opposed to turkeys)
5. Bradley Manning
4. Tom DeLay
3. Lil Wayne
2. Jack Johnson

and the number one Google reponse to the search string "Obama should pardon ..." is:

1. CIA Interrogators

Sunday, August 21, 2011

OPA on Posthumous Pardons and Marcus Garvey

The Jamaica Observer reports that Presidnet Obama has "flatly rejected" a request for a posthumous presidential pardon for "Jamaica's first national hero," Marcus Mosiah Garvey (see our writing on Garvey's story here). The report says Florida-based Jamaican-born attorney Donovan Parker "has been writing to president Obama every week since January requesting a posthumous pardon for Garvey." The Sunday Observer acquired a copy of one such letter as well as the "first ever" reply from the White House."

The reply, actually from White House Pardon Attorney, Ronald Rodgers says:
"It is the general policy of the Department of Justice that requests for posthumous pardons for federal offences not be processed for adjudication. The policy is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on pardon and commutation requests of living persons.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pardon for Dakota Indian?

Although the Obama Justice Department has already deep-sixed the idea of posthumous pardons (in response to calls for the pardon of long-dead boxing champion / bad boy Jack Johnson), the New York Times reports there is some interest in pursuing a pardon for one We-Chank-Wash-ta-don-pee (aka Chaska), who was hanged along with 37 other Dakota Indians on December 26, 1862.

According to the story, Abraham Lincoln commuted Chaska's sentence just one day before the hanging, but he was executed anyway, along with the “most ferocious” followers of the Dakota leader Little Crow, who were accused of killing almost 500 settlers along the Minnesota frontier.

Gary C. Anderson, a University of Oklahoma history professor says the soldiers who carried out the execution "just grabbed the wrong guy.” Gwen Westerman, a professor of English at Minnesota State University at Mankato adds that "it’s time to talk about it and time for people to know about it.” The effort is reported to be supported by Representative James L. Oberstar (D-Minn) and Senator Al Franken (D-Minn). See complete story here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Obama: The Pardon "Watch List" Returns!

It's December! And one out of every two presidential pardons granted over the last four decades have been granted in this month alone. President Obama - the slowest Democratic president in history to exercise the pardon power - has now gone a whopping 680 days without granting a single pardon or commutation of sentence.

Do we think the president will exercise clemency this month? Yes, we do. The only question in our minds is whether or not Mr. Obama will wait more than 19 days, and pass George W. Bush as the slowest president of all time!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Watch List: And Why Not?

As President Obama heads into his 400th day as President without granting a single pardon or commutation of sentence, John Adams (whom he will pass next on the "historically slow" list) is getting nervous in his grave. So, it might seem more silly than usual to produce a "Watch List." Nonetheless, we are keeping our eyes on the following:

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