Showing posts with label Hoover. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hoover. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Obama: Second Only to Wilson and Coolidge in Commutations

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Monday, May 6, 2013

The Mafia, the Murder Stable and Presidential Mercy

Author Virgil W. Peterson notes that, in the early 1900’s, Ignatio Lupo (a.k.a. Ignazio Saietta, a.k.a. “Lupo the Wolf”) was “the most important leader in the Sicilian-Italian underworld.” Lupo came to the United States in 1899, at the tender age of twenty-two. He had fled from Sicily after committing a murder and settled in East Harlem.

Author Carl Sifakis observes young Lupo gained an “awesome reputation” over the next few years as “the most desperate and blood thirsty criminals in the history of American crime.” Indeed, it became “common” for Italians to cross themselves at the mere mention of his name of the “most proficient and deadliest” racketeer in New York. Conventional wisdom was that Lupo was also behind countless episodes of torture in a building in Italian Harlem affectionately known as the “Murder Stable.” In 1901, a New York police detective who was assisting the Secret Service in an investigation of plots to kill President McKinley raided the structure at 323 East 107th Street. The property, owned by Lupo, was searched and diggings uncovered the remains of at least sixty murder victims.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

From a Reader

Dear Mr. Ruckman,

After reading your article in the news, recently, discussing the history of presidential pardons it occurred to me that you would more than likely have expertise and knowledge that could help me in a small family dilemma. My 90 year old mother recently revealed to me that her father had received a presidential pardon from President Hoover ...

... Grampa was a licensed pharmacist, operating one of the ubiquitous small town drug stores with a soda fountain in northwest Minnesota. One Sunday morning, he was called out of church to attend to a couple farmers wearing coveralls driving a beat up Ford pickup. The driver came alone into the store and told him that his friend was having a heart attack and needed medicine for it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Obama: Just Too Busy for Mercy

James Buchanan granted 25 presidential pardons from the time South Carolina seceded from the Union and the Confederate States of America were formed (February 1861).

Abraham Lincoln took the time to grant 5 pardons in July of 1861, following the disastrous showing of Federal troops in the Battle of the First Bull Run. In early 1862, he granted 7 pardons while his 11-year old son, Willie, suffered (and eventually died) from typhoid fever. Lincoln also granted 3 pardons during the week of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Governor From the Midwest is Convicted.

On August 31, 1923, Warren T. McCray, Republican Governor of Indiana, sat down in the Rainbow Room of the Hotel Severin (Indianapolis) with a group of one hundred and fifty bankers and lawyers. There was some good news and some bad news.

The good news was that the Governor had a little over three million dollars in personal assets and he was the proud owner of almost sixteen thousand acres of land. Most of the people in the room were probably not all that amazed because they were quite familiar with McCray’s amazing life story. At the age of fifteen, he began working at his father's bank and assumed ownership bank when his father died in 1913. McCray also owned several grain elevators and a livestock farm where he bred Hereford cattle and, on occasion, sold single bulls for as much as twenty five thousand dollars. Warren T. McCray became known as the “Hereford King.” But there was some bad news as well.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Explorer. Oil Man. Liar. Pardoned!

On September 1, 1909, Dr. Frederick A. Cook sent a cable to the New York Herald which read:

REACHED NORTH POLE APRIL 21, 1908

The news of Dr. Cook’s achievement spread throughout the United States, and made headlines in Paris and Berlin. It looked like the story of the century was about to unfold in the pages of a struggling newspaper. But, consistent with a theme in Cook’s life, newspapers in London were somewhat skeptical of his claim.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hoover v. the DOJ (on Pardons)

Herbert Hoover granted over two hundred and seventy pardons in his second year as President, and more than three hundred in his third. The unexpected swell in clemency, from a relatively calm first year, attracted some curiosity.

On November 9, 1931, the President directed Attorney General William D. Mitchell to “make public” the names of those who supported pardon applications and “the reasons advanced by them for urging clemency.” That is, if the inquiries came from “public officials, or the press.” In response to the President’s request, Mitchell advised the United States Pardon Attorney, James A. Finch, to release the information mentioned by the President, but only in cases where clemency had been granted (as opposed to cases where clemency was denied, or the final decision was still pending). The Pardon Attorney also required those who sought information to know the names of clemency recipients in advance.

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