Pardon for Scooter Libby? features a series of regularly updated, brief essays regarding the possible presidential pardon of the “Scooter” Libby with an emphasis on history, law and empirical research. The creator is Professor P.S. Ruckman, Jr., author of the forthcoming book, Pardon Me, Mr. President: Adventures in Crime, Politics and Mercy.
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Seth Robsen has written a piece in Stars and Stripes on the fate of Master Sgt. John Hatley, Sgt. Michael Leahy and Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Mayo, three U.S. soldiers sentenced to long prison terms for the premeditated murder of four detainees in Baghdad in 2007. The single hope of the men lies in the...
ArgusLeader.com reports Gov. Mike Rounds has announced that he intends to grant pardons to 11 people. It is reported that the offenses range "from disorderly conduct to third-degree rape and incest." See story here.
Gov. Mike Beebe Thursday announced his intent to grant 25 pardons. 13 clemency additional requests were denied and 34 remained pending. The 25 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their...
Debra J. Saunders, a long-time advocate of clemency for Clarence Aaron (see our Pardon Watch List) has a piece in today's San Francisco Chronicle on the Nation's "dumb and mean" war on drugs. Saunders notes the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act hasn't been so much "bad news for major drug traffickers" as it...
The Capital reports two Naval Academy graduates (and football players) will seek presidential pardons after being court-martialed in unrelated cases for sexually assaulting two female midshipmen. It is argued that neither men received fair trials and that they "could make greater contributions to...
It is here!Simon and Schuster are raiding the Nation's booksellers with The Final Four of Everything (Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir, Editors). As the title suggests, The Final Four presents expert analysis via bracketology, the official communication device of the NCAA basketball tournament...
The Sun-Times reports that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pardoned Anan Abu-Taleb, a convicted tax cheat, in December 2006. Or, as the Sun-Times put it, Abu-Taleb "successfully maneuvered through the state's byzantine clemency process." But it is also noted that more than $200,000 in "campaign...
The Chicago Sun Times reports Governor Quinn has commuted the life prison sentence of Debra Gindorf, who was convicted of killing her two children in 1985. Gindorf was found guilty but judged mentally ill. She is said to have committed the murders "while in the throes of post-partum depression."...
While political scientists have long recognized something like a "honeymoon effect" in some presidential administrations and a world of data suggests presidential popularity declines throughout the term, no political scientist attaches any particular importance to the 100 day mark. It is purely a...
Just as we expected, President Jakaya Kikwete has ordered the release of 3,247 prisoners! The primary reason? To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the union between Zanzibar and Tanganyika. Among those released: 1) prisoners suffering from mental disorders 2) medically approved sick prisoners...