We repeatedly express surprise when this unilateral power is used and are quick to decry the lack of principle behind some uses of the pardon power. Yet we never ask how a candidate would use the pardon power during the election cycle?
When Haley Barbour gave out 215 pardons a few weeks back, the relatives of victims immediately contacted the media to share their outrage. The media seem to have completely ignored the reality that the real problem is systematic.
The last 30 years of sentencing policy may provide an answer. Getting "tough on crime" became popular among the public and politicians alike. We rejected the notion that a criminal could be rehabilitated.
I wish the Scott Sisters the best in their regaining their freedom and hope they lead fruitful lives. And I pray that Governor Barbour does not use the freedom for organs tradeoff anymore in the future to save the state of Mississippi tax dollars.
Marc Rich, the world's most powerful oil trader who had systematically avoided reporters and had given his last interview over twenty years ago, finally opened up about his businesses and his private life.
A mass, collective pardon of nonviolent offenders would reunite hundreds of thousands of families, save billions of dollars in incarceration costs, and might foster a national spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
After conducting an investigation, I concluded that Jack Abramoff did not defraud his tribal clients, did not bribe any elected or appointed federal officials, and did not corrupt the political process.