Bureaucratic Impediments And Mercy Deficit At DOJ

By on December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017

President Obama commuted the sentences of more than 1,700 federal prisoners, far more than other recent administrations, but President Trump has some catching up to do if he wants to keep pace. So far he has just issued three pardons. Drumstick and Wishbone got the traditional death sentence reprieves on November 21st, and another kind of turkey, Joe Arpaio, was pardoned last August. Some clemency advocates see a reason for optimism in the Arpaio pardon, but not N’kechi Taifa, the advocacy director for criminal justice at the Open Society Foundations in Washington DC. “Clemency for who?” is her question. “Deserving people who were sentenced disproportionately under outdated guidelines? I don’t think so. That’s all about mercy, you know, and I don’t see much mercy in Donald Trump, or Jeff Sessions.” Another clemency advocate, Professor Mark Osler of St. Thomas University Law School, says that even if Trump wanted to issue pardons, bureaucratic and other impediments in the DOJ would still be daunting. “The chances of a deserving applicant getting a petition to the president’s desk are just about zero,” he says.
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The Atlantic

One Comment

  1. JoeCTLawyer

    December 18, 2017 at 9:59 am

    If I understand the argument here, Trump and Sessions are speculatively unmerciful because within the first 9 months of the first term, the President hasnt pardoned anyone other Sheriff Arpaio, whereas President Obama pardoned a thousand plus convicted drug offenders in the waning moments of his second, 4-year term.
    I do wish some effort to apply logic and reason was exerted, however unfashionable it might be among the purported enlightened classes.

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