Via Washington Monthly I read this interesting Washington Post article on a flurry of pardon-related activity, and this amusing pardon scorecard. My office has received a few inquiries about applying for pardons; we've suggested that at this very late date, unless the applicants are vastly more influential than circumstances would suggest, they are out of luck.
Clinton's end-of-term pardons were appalling. Will Bush's be as bad? It's a bad moment to further tarnish the Republican party, and I'm hoping that will deter him from handing out lollypops to criminous fund-raisers and politicians. I'm also hoping he will avoid further commutations of federal sentences, which are unprincipled on several levels — especially from an administration that has argued vigorously that the federal courts should hew to the United States Sentencing Guidelines even after Booker rendered them advisory. Bush's commutation of Libby's sentence on the grounds that it was "too harsh" is disingenuous horseshit; Libby's sentence was a straightforward guidelines calculation of the sort that the administration has repeatedly pushed over the objections of touchy-feely "too harsh" objections from defense attorneys. If Bush meant that the conviction was invalid as a political prosecution — a debatable proposition — he should have said so.
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