03/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich's Final Acts Of Clemency: Why Those Two?

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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