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A Wormhole of Mercy at Easter

Mark Osler | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

Buried beneath the Holy Week headlines about a religious freedom law in Indiana was a remarkable event: President Obama shortened the sentences of 22 federal prisoners under the pardon power, and wrote them a letter. It was a fitting gesture for a season of hope and renewal.

Narcotic Sentencing's Long Arc and Obama's Year of Action

Mark Osler | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Mark Osler

For the first time since Bill Clinton famously wandered through the press cabin in Air Force One asking, "You got anybody you wanna pardon?", a president is actively seeking candidates to have their sentences shortened. Unlike Clinton, Obama is asking the question seriously.

Obama's Opening to Mercy

Mark Osler | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

Shortly before Christmas, we saw President Obama employ this power in a meaningful and strategic way. He granted 13 pardons and commuted eight prisoners. The commutations were particularly significant, as they represented the largest number of commutations in a single day in over a decade.

President Obama Takes My Advice and Utilizes His Pardon Power

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Anthony Papa

President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates convicted for non-violent drug offenses involving crack cocaine. He also granted pardons to 13 others.

How to Awaken the Pardon Power

Mark Osler | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Mark Osler

In recent months, a striking array of people have called attention to the often-forgotten ability of the president to shorten sentences and pardon convictions. It's no wonder: There is a crisis of over-incarceration in this country, and the pardon power is an obvious way to address it.

Any Hope Left for Clarence Aaron?

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Clarence Aaron has been in prison for 20 years and the president has the power to order him released tomorrow. It is way past time for Clarence Aaron's mother to live on more than the thin gruel of hope dished out by the president.

Obama Issues Multiple Pardons For Marijuana-Related Sentences

AP | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned five people convicted of charges ranging from intent to distribute marijuana to running an ill...

Answering to a Higher Authority: Ethics and the Kosher Butcher

Elissa Altman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elissa Altman

How could New Square Meats, which is itself affiliated with the Skver Hasidim, so obviously flout not only the religious dietary laws that they are supposed to be adhering to, but government regulations as well?