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Number Of Felons Seeking Pardon From Bush Nears Record High

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Number Of Felons Seeking Pardon From Bush Nears Record High
Felons are asking President Bush for pardons and commutations at historic levels as he nears his final months in office, a time when many other presidents have granted a flurry of clemency requests. Among the petitioners is Michael Milken, the billionaire former junk bond king turned philanthropist, John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban; and Marion Jones, the former Olympic sprinter.

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True-Song True-Song 8 years
I feel like I should, but I don't have much of a problem with pardons. If my friend was in prison and I was the president, I would pardon them, too. And it gives the president a chance to correct what may have been crazy harsh sentences due to mandatory minimums.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
How many people request them doesn't bother me too much. I'm more concerned about how many are granted. And, to some extent, who they are and what crime they committed. Somehow I don't think it will exceed Clinton's 456, plus an additional 140 "last-minute" ones. There were a fair number that were friends of the administration and contributors or friends of contributors.
stephley stephley 8 years
Certainly the ones who can do the president's party or the soon to be ex-president any good fare better. I'm surprised John Walker Lindh is trying for one.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I admit, I didn't look at the full list. I guess I would wager that on balance, the wealthy and famous fare better. But I really have no idea.
stephley stephley 8 years
Presidential pardons aren't just for the wealthy or famous - they're just the names that make the news. Do you remember reading that Clinton pardoned Thomas Cleveland Barber or Peggy Ann Bargon?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
The idea of pardons has always seemed strange to me. I guess I feel like it's silly that famous or well-known people should get less of a sentence than everyone else.
stephley stephley 8 years
It'll be interesting to see what happens.
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