There were about 3,000 requests for pardons awaiting Blagojevich's decision -- all of which had been forwarded to him from the prisoner review board.
But neither of the actions he took Thursday went through that process, [Illinois Prisoner Review Board Chairman Jorge]Montes said.
"It would appear the governor opted to circumvent the board entirely," Montes said. "Frankly it is a little surprising. Nothing strikes me as interesting or unusual about [the two cases]."
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