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January 22, 2006

A very public plea for a (very unlikely?) clemency

As detailed in this CNN article, "after years of silence, the father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh asked President Bush on Thursday to grant clemency to his son, who he says was wrongly maligned as a traitor and murderer."   I hope the Lindh family is not holding its breath: in the recent words of former pardon attorney Margaret Colgate Love, President Bush's clemency and pardon work has been "careful to the point of trivializing his pardon power."

Related posts with a lot more coverage of the President's clemency and pardon work:

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Breath-holding would be inadvisable in this particular case regardless of President Bush's record on pardons generally.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Jan 22, 2006 1:38:36 PM

File this pardon request under the "not bloody likely" category.

Posted by: Brian K | Jan 22, 2006 2:36:27 PM

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