"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Saturday, August 16, 2008

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Requests for pardons piling up for Bush
Detroit Free Press - United States

Damn there is just so much to do!

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush, who hasn't pardoned many criminals in his time, will have a chance to spare legions before leaving office in January.... for Vice President Dick Cheney was convicted of obstruction of justice. But Bush will have plenty of opportunities before leaving office in January. ...

Requests for presidential pardons and commutations of prison sentences are piling up at the Justice Department, with more than 3,000 pending. And, if history serves as any guide, the height of pardon season arrives in the final December of any president's term.

Bush has proven to be exceptionally sparing with his pardon power. In modern times, only his father offered less clemency for the convicted. The elder Bush, with only one term in which to act, signed just 74 pardons and three commutations--a fraction of what many recent presidents have allowed.

Near the end of his second term, the younger Bush has signed 157 pardons and six commutations. He has drawn widespread attention for only one: the commutation of Lewis (Scooter) Libby's prison time after the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney was convicted of obstruction of justice.

But Bush will have plenty of opportunities before leaving office in January. Nearly 1,000 petitions for pardons and more than 2,000 bids for commutations of sentences are pending.

Marion Jones, the world-champion sprinter serving six months in jail for lying about her use of performance-enhancing drugs, is among those seeking clemency.

So is Michael Milken, the junk-bond financier who went to prison for insider trading and is free now but seeking a pardon. President Bill Clinton turned him down.

Former Democratic Gov. Edwin Edwards of Louisiana, serving a 10-year prison sentence for racketeering, is seeking a commutation of his sentence. So are former Republican Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham of California, sentenced to eight years for conspiracy to commit bribery, wire fraud and tax evasion, and John Walker Lindh, the American who served the Taliban and was captured during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, serving a 20-year prison term.

But this president's pardons have tended toward lower-profile wrong-doers.

P.S. Ruckman Jr., a professor of political science at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill., and an expert on executive clemency, said, "If you're a betting person, and you look at the numbers and the fact that most pardons have landed in December, I think there is every reason to expect there are some pardons ahead."

In February 2001, Bush said, "Should I decide to grant pardons, I will do so in a fair way. I will have the highest of standards."

Through July, the Justice Department has collected 1,936 petitions for pardons since the start of Bush's first term, and 7,330 bids for commutation and had about another 2,000 requests pending that were left from when Clinton served.

While granting the 157 pardons and six commutations, Bush has denied requests for 1,429 pardons and 5,683 commutations.

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