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  • Barack the Unmerciful: Obama's Amazingly Stingy Clemency Record

    01/09/2013 7:08:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Will Barack Obama go down in history as our least merciful president? With less than two weeks to go in his first term, this reputedly progressive and enlightened man has a strong shot at winning that dubious distinction. December, a traditional season for presidential clemency, has come and gone, and still Obama has granted just one commutation (which shortens a prisoner's sentence) and 22 pardons (which clear people's records, typically after they've completed their sentences). Barring a last-minute flurry of clemency actions, his first-term record looks weaker than those of all but a few previous presidents. Which of Obama's predecessors...
  • Who Will Pardon the Pardoner?

    12/20/2012 4:44:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    If there is one virtue voters had every reason to expect from Barack Obama, it is a strong sense of social justice. Yet somehow the one-time community organizer has dropped that ball when it comes to the exercise of his constitutional power to pardon individuals who have committed federal offenses. With only one sentence commutation and 22 pardons (for offenders who served their time), Obama has the lowest pardon rate of any modern president. This week Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz informed the Department of Justice that the president's pardon attorney, Ronald Rodgers, withheld information that could have led to...
  • Black Leader Condemns Bush for Not Pardoning or Commuting Sentences of Jailed Border Agents...

    11/26/2008 12:25:18 AM PST · by South40 · 35 replies · 1,073+ views
    Black Leader Condemns Bush for Not Pardoning or Commuting Sentences of Jailed Border Agents During Pre-Thanksgiving Round of Executive ClemencyWashington, D.C. - Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie is condemning President Bush’s inaction regarding incarcerated Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean and is reiterating his call for a pardon or commutation of the agents' sentences before the President leaves office in January. Massie’s call comes as the White House has announced that President George W. Bush granted pre-Thanksgiving pardons to individuals involved in the distribution of drugs and bank embezzlement and commuted the sentences of two men given...
  • 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:
  • President George W. Bush Grants Pardons and Commutations

    11/25/2008 5:55:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 644+ views
    US DOJ.GOV ^ | November 25, 2008 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/November/08-opa-1048.html President George W. Bush Grants Pardons and Commutations WASHINGTON - On Nov. 24, 2008, President George W. Bush granted pardons to 14 individuals and commutation of sentence to two individuals: PARDONS: · Leslie Owen Collier - Charleston, Mo. Offense: Unauthorized use of a registered pesticide, 7 U.S.C. §§ 136j(a)(2)(F) and 136l(b); violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. § 668(a). Sentence: Feb. 2, 1996; Eastern District of Missouri; two years’ probation and $10,000 in restitution. · Milton Kirk Cordes - Rapid City, S.D. Offense: Conspiracy to violate the...
  • Bush Pardons 15 Convicts, Commutes 1 Prison Sentence

    03/25/2008 4:38:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies · 1,926+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 3/25/8 | Ian McCaleb and Greg Simmons
    WASHINGTON —  The Justice Department announced Tuesday that President Bush has issued 15 new pardons and commuted one prison sentence. All 15 pardons were for men who were convicted of non-violent and mostly minor offenses, some dating back decades. Among the convictions were drug possession and distribution, illegal firearms dealing, false housing statements and wildlife infractions. The single commutation announced Tuesday was for a Portsmouth, Va., woman convicted of attempted drug distribution. Patricia Beckford was sentenced in 1992 to 23 years in federal prison for conspiracy and attempt to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine. Following the president's order,...
  • Obama and the Bombmaker's Church

    03/17/2008 9:22:14 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 1,293+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3-18-08 | Jeffrey Lord
    Obama and the Bombmaker's Church By Jeffrey Lord Published 3/18/2008 12:08:35 AM There's more. Let's move on from the tale of Senator Barack Obama's pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, to another tale of Obama's United Church of Christ -- a denomination that he and I share. Does the name Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional -- Armed Forces of National Liberation -- ring a bell? You may remember this charming group by its initials, FALN. A so-called revolutionary group determined to bring about Puerto Rican independence through violence....
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Pardon Records for Fugitive Marc Rich (Release on March 20)

    03/18/2008 11:56:07 PM PDT · by red flanker · 15 replies · 1,262+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 17, 2008
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained the official pardon application submitted to the Clinton White House by attorney Jack Quinn December 11, 2000, on behalf of former fugitive Marc Rich, who fled the United States in 1983 to avoid prosecution on racketeering, wire fraud and tax evasion charges. The fugitive Rich was one of about 140 criminals who received pardons from Bill Clinton in the last hours of his administration on January 20, 2001. The pardon application was made available in response to a Judicial...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 8.16.06

    08/16/2006 4:09:49 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 104 replies · 2,586+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Wednesday August 16, 2006 | GretchenM
    The president worked on policies at the White House before touring a Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations facility and discussing the economy with H-D employees in York, PA. He was interviewed by USA Today. In the early evening he attended a Lynn Swan for Governor reception. Bush granted pardons to 17 individuals, none of whom are still serving time; per Tony Snow, "... these are largely for people who have served their time and this helps expunge their records." Press Secretary Snow's press briefing text and video. Tony sets the record (politicians and reporters) straight on more than one point.
  • Bush Issues First Pardons - 7 granted - Bush uses excellent judgment

    12/24/2002 5:40:09 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 15 replies · 462+ views
    FOX News Channel ^ | December 24, 2002 | FOX News Channel Staff
    <p>WASHINGTON — A Tennessee man convicted of selling moonshine 40 years ago and a former Indiana postal worker who stole $10.90 from the mail more than 30 years ago are among seven people pardoned by President Bush, the White House said Monday.</p>