Then there’s the Washington Post’s rable rousing headline:
Big Names Seek Pardons from Bush
“President Bush granted 14 pardons and shortened two prison sentences on Tuesday. High-profile criminals including Duke Cunningham and Michael Milken have appealed to President Bush for pardons or clemency before the end of his term, and speculation abounds about other well-connected convicts.”
With the Post’s reporter, Carrie Johnson taking questions:
“Washington, D.C.: I know it’s in the Constitution, but can we get rid of pardons some how? And before you go on and on about the holiness of the Constitution, black people were only counted as 3/5 of a person in the original, updates are good.
Carrie Johnson: Well even critics acknowledge that the president’s power to award pardons is near absolute under the U.S. Constitution. The “check” in the system as it were appears to be public reaction, which is why the outcry can be loudest on the president’s way out the door. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) recently penned an interesting opinion piece about this subject that should be on his web site.
I have not heard anyone in Congress issuing meaningful calls to change the constitution to restrict the president’s hand, though Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced a resolution last week calling on President Bush not to issue politically influenced pardons on his way out the door.”
Gee, Congressman Jerrold “Clear The Aisles My Big Butt Is Coming” Nadler, where were you eight years ago when Klintoon did nothing BUT that.
Compean & Ramos should have been out long time ago. Lets get these guys home for Christmas. Contact President Bush and let him know you support the release/pardon of Compean and Ramos. Keep it nice folks, we are asking a favor. I know some will think it wont help, but there is strength in numbers.