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January 18, 2009

Lots of clemency news and notes

The coming week ought to be an exciting one for clemency fans, as I think we can and should expect President Bush to do one last batch of clemencies on his way out of office.  I heard a rumor that some clemencies will be announced as early as Monday (perhaps to give the President a final day to take back any mistakes).  I have not heard any rumors about who might be on the final clemency list, but the Pardon power has this great list of cases to watch.

For anyone eager to get up to speed on clemency law, the Congressional Research Service, has produced this effective new CRS Report titled, "An Overview of the Presidential Pardoning Power."  The document is only six pages, but provides just about everything one needs to know about federal clemency legal issues. 

For some anticipatory excitement about possible players, clemency/sports fans should check out this piece at ESPN, headlined "Will Bush throw a pardon to Clemens?".  Also, highlighting why these issues should stay hot even after Tuesday, Jason Flom at the Huffington Post has this effective new commentary titled "New Year, New Administration, More Clemency."

Some recent (and not-so-recent) related posts:

UPDATE:  Over at Politco, Josh Gerstein has this new piece headlined "10 Bush pardons to watch for."

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