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Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Jersey: 7,000 Fans Supporting Clemency

Brian Aitken was arrested in 2009 when the police found two locked and unloaded handguns in the trunk of his car. He was given a whopping seven-year prison sentence!  Now the Daily Caller reports:
... protesters across the state are organizing a push for an appeal for the court’s ruling. A “Free Brian Aitken” Facebook page has almost 7,000 fans, the website was built and a rally will be held Dec. 12, in Towns River, N.J. Aitken’s family is asking Chris Christie to grant clemency — gun control just might be the next test conservatives throw at the New Jersey governor. A pardon from Christie is far from assured, even if he does have fairly established, conservative credentials.
Christie has equivocated on the State's laws saying he supports "common sense laws that will allow people to protect themselves" (Who doesn't?), but he is also "very concerned about the safety of our police officers on the streets" and wants to "make sure that we don’t have an abundance of guns out there.” See full story here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Jersey: Sentence Commuted !

Gov. Chris Christie has commuted the seven-year prison sentence of 27-year old Brian Aitken to time served. Aitken was charged with "possession of a handgun and cop-killer bullets," but served only a few weeks of the sentence. The handguns were unloaded at the time of the arrest and in the trunk of his car. The commutation order is, however, "subject to a revocation of his release at any time at the discretion of the governor." See story here and here.

We also highly recommend Radley Balko's article on this case, here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Jersey: Christie to Usurp Legislature, Pardon "Classes" of Persons

As a presidential candidate, Thomas Jefferson promised to pardon everyone who sat in prisons because they convicted the Alien Sedition Acts of the Adams administration. We don't know if there were commentators accusing him of usurping the legislature and unconstitutionally considering clemency for "classes" of persons. Then again, back then, people were a lot smarter, when it came to pardons, than they appear to be today.

Now comes New Jersey governor Chris Christie who says he will pardon several out-of-staters who were legally permitted to carry their firearms in their home states, but were arrested in New Jersey under the State's "tough" gun laws.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monitor in Over Its Head

Over at the Christian Science Monitor, they are sporting a list of ... well ... it isn't exactly easy to classify what it is. It is described as a "surprise" list of pardons, but at least three were hardly a "surprise," one was given to a dead person and another has not even been granted. Lesson? Don't try this at home kids! Wait for our own - more serious and relevant - Top Ten Clemency Stories of 2010.

For now, here is what they came up with over at the Monitor:

6. Brian Aitken (hardly a surprise)
5. Ronald Foster (hardly significant!)
4. Apple and Cider (hardly a surprise)
3. The pardon capital: Nevis, Minn.
2. Jim Morrison, the Lizard King (dead)
1. Billy the Kid: A promised but deferred reprieve? (not yet granted)

See entire piece here.

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