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Presidential Pardons

Obama Can Still Pardon Lawful Immigrants For Minor Offenses

Stephen Legomsky | Posted 01.16.2017 | Latino Voices
Stephen Legomsky

Mr. Obama should seize this one remaining opportunity.

Pardon Me?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, August 2016 The issue of whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information during her tenure as Secre...

Obama Should Use His Power to Pardon Prisoners, Not Turkeys

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 11.24.2016 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

At hundreds of thousands of tables on Thursday, as there have been for decades, there will be places set for mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, cousins, nieces and nephews who are still in prison. I can only imagine how these families must feel to see their President use his desperately needed clemency powers to pardon a turkey.

In the Name of Decency...

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The events of 9/11 changed everything. Because the United States had designated the PKK a terrorist organization in 1997 -- six years after Ibrahim had come to the United States -- the Bush administration denied his naturalization petition and initiated deportation proceedings against him.

Gov. Bobby Jindal Denies Clemency to Prisoner Serving 13 Years for Possessing Two Joints

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Anthony Papa

In the case of Bernard Noble it seems that Louisiana's Governor Jindal has chosen not to show the compassion that our President has shown and instead ignores the injustice of Noble's case while he rots away in prison for 13 years for the possession of two joints.

Sam Stein

Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Instantly Doubling The Number Of Commutations He's Issued | Sam Stein | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 individuals on Tuesday, more than doubling the number of commutations he has issued ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama: I'll Use Clemency Power 'More Aggressively' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to grant clemency to federal offenders "more aggressively" during the remainder of his presidency, he said ...

Torture Report: America Conducts a Moral Reckoning. Next, Moral Repair?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Mr. Obama, in ruling out prosecution for torture, may have thought he spared us bother, but actually he did us harm. By casting accountability into limbo, he makes possible government-sponsored torture in the future and prevents America from recovering the thing most precious: our good name.

Criminal Injustice

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

For decades, Congress has implemented policies that distort America's criminal justice system and tip the scales of justice in favor of punishment over rehabilitation. As a matter of civil rights and basic justice, our criminal justice system must change.

Obama Clemency Plan for Drug Law Offenders Is Welcome News

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony Papa

As someone who received executive clemency from the governor of New York in 1997, I know personally the power of such an extraordinary act of mercy to people who have already served enormous amounts of time imprisoned under unjust drug laws.

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.

Three Executive Actions Obama Can Take to Rein in the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If Obama doesn't want to take the political risk that such a mass pardoning may bring, he could at least start with the most heinous cases, like the many people serving life sentences for as little as cocaine residue in a clothing pocket.

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.

Will Gov. Cuomo Use His Clemency Powers in 2013?

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.16.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Since he has been in office, Cuomo has yet to use these powers and has not granted anyone any type of relief despite hundreds and hundreds of applications.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says Obama Still Has Time To Improve Pardon Record | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's a bit too soon to judge President Barack Obama on his terrible pardon record, Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of African-...

Can the Presidential Turkey Pardon Just Go Away Already?

Michael A. Webermann | Posted 01.27.2014 | Green
Michael A. Webermann

While the stunt makes every effort to indicate that turkey farming is a humane industry, the reality is not what we'd like to believe.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Has Pardoned Almost As Many Turkeys As Drug Offenders | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama pardons two overweight turkeys named Carmel and Popcorn during a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, t...

President Obama, Pardon Both the Turkey and Drug War Prisoners for the Holidays

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.26.2014 | Crime
Anthony Papa

I support and applaud President Obama's treatment of turkeys. But I have to ask the president: what about the treatment of the more than 100,000 people who are incarcerated in the federal system because of the war on drugs?

Letters from Prison

Mark Osler | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

If we are honest, we all have an agenda. My own agenda is shaped by a passage my mom taught me, Micah 6:8. It teaches that what God requires is that we seek justice, love mercy, and "walk humbly with our God."

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing and Potential Pardons by President Obama

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.26.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Last week I listened with great interest to a speech Attorney General Eric Holder presented in front of the American Bar Association.

Why Is Don Siegelman Still in Jail?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Despite all this, President Obama, apparently on advice from his "Pardon Attorneys," has refused to grant Siegelman a pardon or commute his seven-year sentence. Why?

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's Persecution of Bradley Manning

Anthony Gregory | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Many struggle to reconcile their genuine commitments to human rights with their admiration for the president. But here no reconciliation is possible.

The Demise of Presidential Pardons

Renee Parsons | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Until recently, a history of pardons granted by every occupant of the Oval Office reveals that each president understood that a pardon was an established response from a compassionate country towards those Americans who had strayed off course and deserved a second chance.