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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Watch List: Looking for 13 Or More

In a way, 13 is the magic number right now. If President Bush grants at least 13 more pardons and commutations, his second term will look like his first (and most), with the highest number of pardons and commutations falling in the fourth and final year. If it is going to happen, and modern history and Bush's own behavior matter, one would guess that it will happen this month. Bush has generally favored the month of December for clemency decisions, a strategy that has been quite prominent in the last seven administrations. Here are the individuals we are (and have been) watching:

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice) Application in.
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine) X - sentence commuted to end December 22, 2008 (11/24/08).
- Florita Bell Griffin (bribery, theft, money laundering)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Bernard Kerik (corruption)
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering) Released, September 4, 2008
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption) Application in.
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- James Tobin (false statement to FBI)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Charles T. Winters (violation neutrality laws). Application in.
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Watch List: Ryan In (Finally)

With some modifications.

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice) Application in.
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine) X - sentence commuted to end December 22, 2008 (11/24/08).
- Florita Bell Griffin (bribery, theft, money laundering)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Bernard Kerik (corruption)
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering) Released, September 4, 2008
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption) Application in.
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- James Tobin (false statement to FBI)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Charles T. Winters (violation neutrality laws). Application in.
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Watch List: Black is In

It's official, Conrad Black has "recently submitted legal bills to Sun-Times Media Group, Inc., some of which referred to work done in pursuit of a clemency plea, according to sources familiar with the matter."

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice) Application in.
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine) X - sentence commuted to end December 22, 2008 (11/24/08).
- Florita Bell Griffin (bribery, theft, money laundering)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering) Released, September 4, 2008
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption)
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- James Tobin (false statement to FBI)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Charles T. Winters (violation neutrality laws). Application in.
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Watch List: Crunch Time Ahead

When Obama steps into the White House, the Watch List may feature some folks at ACORN, Tony Rezko, and Larry Walsh. But, for now, the list is as follows:

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice)
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering)
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption)
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Times on Bush and the Pardon Power

Charlie Savage of the New York Times has written a very general front-page piece on the pardon power and the Bush administration. He begins by noting applications for pardons and commutations are "at historic levels" and, among those seeking clemency are Michael Milken, Randy Cunningham, Edwin W. Edwards, John Walker Lindh and Marion Jones. PardonPower talked with Mr. Savage earlier this week and shared our Watch List with him.

Margaret Colgate Love, a former U.S. Pardon Attorney who is now in private practice is quoted as saying:
“I have cases that date from the Clinton administration ... I have cases that I filed in the last two or three years and have not even gotten any word about the first step of the investigation being authorized. It’s unbelievable.”
Savage also reports that new petitions for clemency "are on pace to surpass 2,100 this fiscal year" and that "the record is the 1,827 petitions filed in 2001" (see PardonPower chart here). He also says the Justice Department has not received clemency applications from Scooter Libby, Jack Abranoff, Bob Ney, George Ryan, Conrad Black, Martha Stewart or border patrol agents Compean and Ramos. See full Times article here.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Campaign 08: Clinton Comes Clean!

Mrs. Clinton has, at last, addressed her husband's use of the pardon power on behalf of two members of the radical group Weather Underground (see previous commentary here). The question became relevant, of course, when, in the recent debate, Mrs. Clinton attempted to brand rival presidential candidate Barack Obama for being acquainted with William Ayers, another member of the same group - a member who was never actually sent to prison. But, finally, Mrs. Clinton has been directly asked about her husband's decision making and she has responded:

Well, I didn't know anything about it.

Perhaps the cynic will not be pleased. But, recall, Mrs. Clinton knew nothing as to the whereabouts of those Whitewater billing records, until they were found in boxes in her closet (see commentary here). She knew nothing about the FALN pardons. She knew nothing about her husband's pardon of his own half-brother (Roger Clinton). She knew nothing about her brother, Hugh, collecting almost a half a million dollars to pursue pardons for others. But she was "upset" and "disappointed" to learn about it. She knew nothing about her brother, Tony, helping with pardons either. Mrs. Clinton knew nothing about William J. Cunningham (her campaign treasurer) pursuing pardons for two felons. But she was "disappointed" to learn about that business as well. It goes without saying that Mrs. Clinton knew nothing about the assistance fellow Arkansan and White House council Bruce Lindsey provided for her brother. But Mrs. Clinton took the trouble to tell CNN, "I don't know anything" (see Hillary revel in her lack of knowledge here).

Why, there just might not be any limit to what Mrs. Clinton does not know about one of the most scandalous chapters in the history of presidential pardons - the one which features her own husband, both of her brothers, her brother-in-law, her campaign treasurer and other long-time political associates.

Of course, we are still waiting to learn if Mrs. Clinton was/is "upset" or "disappointed" to learn of her husband's use of the pardon power on behalf of Weather Underground members Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans. My advice: Don't hold your breath! See both the debate chat and Clinton's statement here.

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