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Obama’s Grants of Clemency Top 1,300 in Effort to Address Justice System Problems

On Tuesday, he granted 78 pardons and 153 commutations—the record for any president in a single day—to individuals with nonviolent offenses.

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Obama’s Bureaucrats Thwarting His Efforts to Free Drug War Prisoners

The applications of thousands of federal inmates eligible for commuted sentences are bottlenecked, and the clock is ticking.

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Instead of Pardoning a Turkey This Year, Obama Should Free This Man

This year, the president should extend some Thanksgiving clemency to human beings—starting with Leonard Peltier.

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Georgia Officials Disregard Pope Francis’ Clemency Plea on Behalf of Death Row Inmate

Despite the pontiff’s best efforts, he couldn’t persuade a Georgia parole board to grant clemency for Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate due to be executed Tuesday evening.

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VIDEO: Obama Reduces Sentences of 46 Prisoners in Largest Clemency Grant Since the 1960s

President Obama granted clemency Monday to 46 men and women convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, most of whom were serving sentences of at least 20 years.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Saving Mr. Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss The New York Times’ call for clemency for Edward Snowden. National Review editor Rich Lowry, providing the perspective from the right, acknowledges that Snowden’s case is “ambiguous,” while insisting he broke the law.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Atlantic Makes a Case for Snowden’s Clemency

Atlantic contributor Conor Friedersdorf supported The New York Times’ call for clemency for NSA leaker and whistle-blower Edward Snowden by meticulously explaining why clemency would not set a dangerous precedent that would encourage federal employees to become loose with all manner of official secrets, as many of the Times’ critics have claimed.

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New York Times: Edward Snowden ‘Has Done His Country a Great Service’

The New York Times is kicking off 2014 by demanding clemency or a plea deal for Edward Snowden.

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Shades of Mercy: Presidential Forgiveness Heavily Favors Whites

To avoid repeating a scandal like his predecessor’s, George W. Bush gave career lawyers in the Justice Department far-reaching authority to choose who got presidential pardons. The result: Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a pardon, even when the type of crime and severity of sentence are taken into account.

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No Clemency for Troy Davis

Despite worldwide protests and letters from the likes of President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 51 members of Congress, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles ruled Tuesday morning that Troy Davis should die by lethal injection Wednesday.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE


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Gene Gerard: King George the Merciless

George Bush may have come to power claiming to be a “compassionate conservative,” but his miserly use of the president’s abililty to pardon makes him one of American history’s most indifferent leaders.

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Examining the Death Penalty

On Dec. 2 Kenneth Boyd was executed by the state of North Carolina, becoming the 1,000th person to be executed since the 1976 Supreme Court ruling Gregg v. Georgia reinstated capital punishment in the United States. 

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