Showing posts with label McKinley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label McKinley. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Obama and Other Multiple Term Presidents

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Obama: Second Only to Wilson and Coolidge in Commutations

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Case of Joe Martin (and the Headless Corpse)

The following post is from a paper presented by P.S. Ruckman, Jr., at the “Theodore Roosevelt: Life, Times and Legacy” conference. Louisiana State University (Shreveport). October 17-20, 2012. 

One day, Ernest Adams picked up a club and attacked Joe Martin, a citizen of Yell County, Arkansas. Martin managed to escape and retreated to his own home. Adams went to a friend’s house, borrowed a Winchester rifle and made his way to the Martin residence. As he approached the front door, Adams saw Martin sitting in a chair with his 4-year-old daughter, Nora, in his lap. Adams then threatened to kill Martin, but Martin pled with Adams not to have the poor taste to commit murder right in front of his family. So, Adams forced Martin down a road and along a path.

Later, Martin's family heard a rifle shot coming from the woods. But, to their general astonishment, Joe Martin emerged alive. And Ernest Adams was nowhere to be seen. Martin later claimed that, as he and Adams were walking along, they both thought that they heard the sound of another man’s footsteps in the woods. In that slight moment of concern and hesitation, Martin grabbed Adams’ gun and a struggle ensued. Martin said he then shot Adams in self-defense.

Later, the body of a man was found floating in the Red River. It was wrapped in a bed quilt that was later linked to Martin. Unfortunately, the head of the corpse had been removed. As a result, the identification process was said to have been “very incomplete.”

Thursday, May 24, 2012

II. O.Henry: Trial and Conviction

In Mid-December 1894, there were signs that there were complications with William Porter's accounts at the First National Bank (Austin). That is also when he "suddenly" resigned from his position as teller. In the background, it was rumored / known that his humor weekly, The Rolling Stone, was struggling financially, and that, on occasion, Porter was prone to gamble.

F.B. Gray, the federal bank examiner, insisted on prosecution over the initial protests of Robert U. Culberson, the U.S. Attorney in Austin, who insisted that, at most, Porter may have made a "series of mistakes" without any criminal intent (O, 46, 47).  Officers of First National, including the Vice President, also let it be known that they did not believe Porter had committed any crime (O,47). So, while Gray did appear before a grand jury, in July of 1895, and dramatically accused William S. Porter of embezzlement from bank funds, the members of the grand jury didn't buy it.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On Congressional "Support" for Pardons

In a 2004 Midwest Political Science Association conference paper (here), the Editor of PardonPower relayed the following anecdote:
Philander Chase Knox, the U.S. Attorney General from 1901-1904, discovered a culture of favor and expectation in Washington when he began his service in the second term of William McKinley. A member of Congress once approached him to seek a pardon for a robber who was also a “friend” and “great supporter.” When Knox balked at the request, the Congressman blurted angrily, “I understand that each Congressman has a right to two pardons during his term and I want this to be one of mine.”
The incident came to one's mind in 2001, as President Clinton was leaving office and granting all of those "controversial" pardons. Eventually, it was learned that several current and former members of Congress supported clemency applications in the final days of the Clinton administration. Among them were Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Fred Thompson (R-Tennessee) and former Senator David Pryor (Arkansas). Representatives Earl Hilliard (D-Alabama), Charles Rangel (D- New York), Jim Ramstad (R-Minnesota), Dale E. Kildee (D-Michigan), Danny Davis (D-Illinois), Maxine Waters (D-California), Patrick Kennedy (D- Rhode Island) and Xavier Becerra (D-California) lobbied for pardons as well as former Representatives William Clay (D-Missouri), Esteban Torres (D-California) and Ron Dellums (D-California).

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reporting on Pardons ... Tradition !

In November of 1911, the Washington Post reported President William Howard Taft was on a "record-setting" pace for pardons and would probably break the overall mark set by Theodore Roosevelt. But, in fact, Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland had both granted more pardons than Roosevelt.

And, when all was said and done, Taft didn't top Roosevelt (much less Grant or Cleveland). Nor did Taft top the marks set by presidents William McKinley or Rutherford B. Hayes. No, the "record-setting" pace finished sixth for that point in history! And nine out of the next ten presidents out-pardoned Taft as well!

In the same article, the Post informed its readers that Taft’s pardons were based “only on merits” and that “influence and politics” were “ignored.” Ah, the good old days.

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, April 10, 2010

An Explanation to Remember: The Pardon of Wright Lancaster

William McKinley’s pardon of Wright Lancaster may have featured the most detailed “official” justifications for an individual act of clemency in the history of the Presidency. Lancaster’s pardon is explained over the course of fourteen pages of the Annual Report of the Attorney General for 1901. In sharp contrast, the typical explanation for an act of clemency that year (and most of the years before and after) took up all of three or four lines.

Lancaster was actually just one of several “prominent” individuals indicted for conspiracy and the murder of John C. Forsyth. He, Luther A. Hall (an “active” and “somewhat unscrupulous attorney”) and Charles Clements were charged with the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment while others were simply found guilty on the charge of conspiracy.

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