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  • Obama’s forgiveness of gun crimes amid push for controls ‘incredible hypocrisy’

    08/09/2016 6:28:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 9, 2016 | David Sherfinski & Stephen Dinan
    Richard Reid was already a two-time felon when authorities searched his Delaware apartment and found marijuana, crack cocaine divided into sales-size plastic bags, powder cocaine, a scale — and a loaded .32 caliber handgun, an unloaded .25 caliber pistol and ammunition for two other types of weapons. Last week, President Obama commuted Reid’s 25-year sentence and made him one of the hundreds of drug users and dealers who the White House says have done enough time. But at the same time, Mr. Obama forgave scores of gun crimes convictions for the offenders, raising thorny questions about whether the White House...
  • Obama shortens terms for 214 prisoners; 67 had life sentence

    08/03/2016 11:04:58 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 29 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 serving life sentences. The White House says it's the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. The commutations bring to 562 the total number of sentences Obama has shortened. The White House says that's more than the past nine presidents combined. Almost 200 of those who have benefited were serving life sentences. White House counsel Neil Eggleston says Obama will continue granting clemency to more inmates...
  • Obama commutes sentences for 214 federal prisoners

    08/03/2016 12:40:16 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 51 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/3/16 | ap
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, in what the White House called the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. ADVERTISEMENT Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug crimes, reflecting Obama's long-stated view that the U.S. needs to remedy the consequences of decades of sentencing requirements that put tens of thousands of Americans behind bars for far too long. Obama has pushed for a broader fix to criminal justice laws and has used the aggressive pace of his commutations in...
  • Obama commutes sentences for 42 more offenders

    06/03/2016 3:16:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama commuted the prison sentences Friday of 42 more inmates, nearly half of whom were serving life terms. The commutations bring Mr. Obama’s total to 348, more than the previous seven presidents combined, as he pushes to grant clemency for people mostly convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. White House counsel Neil Eggleston said those receiving clemency were serving prison terms “under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws.”
  • Person of interest in police killings had life sentence commuted (by Huckabee)

    11/29/2009 9:43:52 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 72 replies · 3,031+ views
    king5.com ^ | 11/29/09 | king5.com
    SEATTLE – The man police are seeking as a person of interest in the shooting deaths of four Lakewood, Wash. police officers was supposed to be spending the rest of his life in an Arkansas prison. But, Maurice Clemmons, 37, who has a criminal history complete with violent, psychotic outbursts, was set free by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Killed Sunday morning in what detectives call an "ambush" at a coffee shop were Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; Ronald Owens, 37; Tina Griswold, 40; and Greg Richards 42. In 1989, Clemmons, then 17, was convicted in Little Rock for aggravated robbery....
  • DOJ Considering Commutation for Ramos, Compean

    01/16/2009 4:23:40 PM PST · by kellynla · 55 replies · 1,255+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | January 16, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    The U.S. Department of Justice has been opened a file on imprisoned U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean and a commutation of their sentences is under review, the office of agency pardon attorney Ronald L. Rodgers confirmed to WND. Rodgers spoke directly about the case by telephone with Stephen J. Eichler, J.D., executive director of Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project Inc.. Sign WND's petition urging President Bush to free U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. Eichler initially called the DOJ pardon attorney's office to discuss the prospect of a presidential pardon for Ramos and Compean....
  • President George W. Bush Grants Pardons and Commutations

    11/25/2008 5:24:41 PM PST · by Nick Thimmesch · 12 replies · 1,044+ views
    WWW.USDOJ.GOV ^ | 11-25-08 | DOJ
    WASHINGTON - On Nov. 24, 2008, President George W. Bush granted pardons to 14 individuals and commutation of sentence to two individuals:
  • Clinton Hypocrisy Over Pardons(Michael Reagan)

    07/07/2007 5:20:38 AM PDT · by kellynla · 37 replies · 1,154+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | July 6, 2007 | Michael Reagan
    Anybody who watched presidential spokesman Tony Snow face a pack of snarling White House press corps correspondents following President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence will understand the meaning of the word hypocrisy. These are the very same media hacks who turned a blind eye to Clintonista Sandy Berger stuffing national security documents in his socks, stealing them from the National Archives and destroying them and then getting nothing more in the way of punishment than a mere slap on the wrist. Then there was Mrs. Hillary Clinton, who had the gall to issue a statement saying, "Today's decision...
  • Perry blasts decision to clear Illinois death row - commutations should be on a case-by-case basis

    01/26/2003 5:10:39 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 14 replies · 186+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 26, 2003 | Associated Press Staff
    Perry blasts decision to clear Illinois death row He says commutations should only be handled on a case-by-case basis 01/26/2003 Associated Press SAN ANTONIO - Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's decision to commute the sentences of 167 death row inmates two days before he retired this month is "not leadership," according to Gov. Rick Perry. "If he has a problem in his state, which obviously he does ... you do it case by case," Mr. Perry said Friday at a meeting with editorial writers from Texas newspapers. "You don't just walk in, because there are some victims of crime...