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AP/Jose Luis Magana

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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AP / Charles Dharapak

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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Wikimedia Commons / Dread83 Pmathijssen

Florida Finally Gets Over Morrison’s Jimmy

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has pardoned the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison on a conviction of showing his penis to a Miami concert audience in 1969. Morrison’s bandmates have long claimed that the singer may have been belligerent, drunk and obnoxious that night but kept his instrument in his pants.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


Hamid Karzai
DoD / Cherie Cullen

Report: Karzai Set Taliban Leader Free

A professional kidnapper and Taliban commander was released from an Afghan prison 10 years early and may have won a hush-hush pardon from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the BBC reports. Karzai’s people say the president “could not recall the matter.”

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Dick Cheney
White House / David Bohrer

Bush Left Scooter ‘Hanging in the Wind,’ Says Cheney

The former vice president is still sore that his top aide didn’t get a presidential pardon. Dick Cheney told CNN that he and the president had a “fundamental difference of opinion” that ultimately “left Scooter sort of hanging in the wind, which I didn’t think was appropriate.”

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Bush Pardons a Loyal Turkey

The Onion has the skinny on “Scooter” Libby’s backdoor pardon.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Paul Morse

Bush Pardons 14

George W. Bush pardoned 14 criminals Monday, including a convicted violator of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Of the 14, 12 were from states that voted for the president in 2004. Most had been convicted of drug-related crimes.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


George W. Bush raises his glass
White House / Eric Draper

Howdy, Pardoner

It’s that time again. Felons seeking pardons and commutations had best get in line, as the president already has a backlog of applications, including convicted congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham and junk bonder Michael Milken. So far Ted Stevens and “Scooter” Libby haven’t asked.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


Abdullah
britannica.com

Saudi King Pardons Rape Victim

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah marked the first day of Hajj by pardoning the so-called Qatif girl, who was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in prison because she was traveling with a man when she was attacked and gang-raped. The Saudi justice minister said that, despite the pardon, the king was “convinced and sure that the verdicts were fair.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 READ MORE


Libby
time.com

Scooter Libby Cries Uncle

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has made the “tactical” decision to drop his appeal. After all, why spend millions of dollars in legal fees when you still have friends in high places? President Bush earlier commuted Libby’s sentence, keeping the former Cheney aide out of prison but leaving him with a criminal record and a fine. The White House won’t comment on whether Bush intends to pardon Libby.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Pardon Fight!

The White House isn’t taking kindly to former President Bill Clinton’s characterization of the Libby commutation as being “consistent with their philosophy; they believe that they should be able to do what they want to do. ...”  Oh, snap!  Bush spokesman Tony Snow fired back with a reference to Clinton’s own pardon record: “I don’t know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann Calls on Bush to Resign

In another of his not-to-be-missed special comments, Keith Olbermann takes the president to task over his commutation of “Scooter” Libby’s sentence. The “Countdown” host compares Bush to Richard Nixon, who, he says, at least had the decency to resign once his abuse of power was exposed.

Posted on Jul 4, 2007 READ MORE


Paris Learns Her Lesson

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Libby to Be Pardoned?

Cronyism may reach ever greater heights in the “Scooter” Libby case, as it seems that President Bush—after commuting the former Cheney aide’s sentence Monday—may consider pardoning him. 

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


scooter
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Jail Looms for ‘Scooter’ Libby

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr.‘s chances of avoiding time in the slammer are looking slim after Thursday’s ruling by Federal Judge Reggie B. Walton rejecting Libby’s lawyers’ request that their client remain free to roam while he appeals his conviction for perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements related to the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity in 2003.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


Why Pardon When You Can Paris?

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Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


The Ghost of Pardon Past

The argument among Republicans over whether President Bush should grant Scooter Libby a quick pardon amounts to a battle between the past and the future.

Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


Libby
news.bbc.co.uk

Libby Gets 30 Months

Convicted perjurer I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of probation, pending appeal and the inevitable pardon.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Strips Libby of Nickname

The satirist pokes fun at the Libby verdict and the president’s rush to distance himself from a liar.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Nixon and Ford

Did Ford Trade Nixon Pardon for Presidency?

Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation, recalls the magazine’s legal battle over Gerald Ford’s memoirs and the alleged deal the former president struck to pardon Richard Nixon.

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Mr. Fish: Pardon Envy

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Turkey Envy

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