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March 25, 2008

A new batch of uneventful pardons from President Bush

As detailed in this AP story, "President Bush pardoned 15 people Tuesday and commuted the prison sentence of another."  Here's more from the AP account (which also includes a list of those pardonees): 

Bush has been stingy about handing out such reprieves. With about nine months left in his administration, he has granted 157 pardons. That's less than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their time in office. Both were two-term presidents.  Most of those on Bush's most recent pardon list were convicted of white-collar or drug offenses.

One name notably absent from the list was star pitcher Roger Clemens. The FBI is investigating whether Clemens lied to Congress about steroid use. An attorney for his trainer has predicted Clemens will be pardoned because of his friendship with the Bush family.

I suspect the Pardon Power blog will have some comments on this latest batch of pardons before long.

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I'm sure that the woman who got 7 years off her sentence thinks the commutation was eventful.

Posted by: federalist | Mar 25, 2008 8:06:35 PM

"An attorney for his trainer has predicted Clemens will be pardoned because of his friendship with the Bush family."

What attorney was that? That seems like a very strange claim to make to a newspaper.

Posted by: S.cotus | Mar 26, 2008 2:54:37 AM

Why the lack of enthusiasm Doug?

Posted by: | Mar 26, 2008 3:24:03 AM

What attorney was that? That seems like a very strange claim to make to a newspaper

Clemens' ex-trainer testified to Congress that Clemens used steroids or HGH or something (I forget the precise details). Clemens sued the trainer for defamation.

Clemens and the trainer's attorney have been talking a lot of smack in the press, and one of the trainer's attorney's comments to the press was the prediction that Bush would pardon him. At the time, it struck me as a jab at Clemens rather than an actual prediction... i.e. "my client is in the right, but Clemens will find a way to screw him over somehow."

Posted by: anonymous | Mar 26, 2008 7:33:00 AM

President Bush - 157 Pardons granted - 8 Years
Governor Easley (North Carolina)- 4 Pardons in 8 years. Why has the Pardon become so hard to get? Non violent person does time has not reoffended should = pardon over a certain amount of time.

Posted by: Pardonme | Mar 26, 2008 10:03:12 AM

Oh, so it was Clemmens' lawyer, but someone that was adverse to Clemmens'. Got it. This makes a lot more sense, because no attorney in his right mind would ever say something like that about his own client in public.

Posted by: S.cotus | Mar 26, 2008 11:12:13 AM

Yes. Someone adverse to Clemens.

Posted by: anonymous | Mar 26, 2008 3:02:28 PM

The heck with Clemens. Why haven't anyone talk about that the majority of the people pardoned were probationers. Who cared about some baseball pitcher?

Posted by: | Mar 26, 2008 10:24:13 PM

Don't you know if you are a celebrity or wealthy you have first dibs on a pardon!! No one wants to talk about why pardons have decreased over the years or why politicians cannot appear to be soft on crime if they want to advance.

Posted by: | Mar 27, 2008 9:18:42 AM

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