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Barack the Unmerciful: Obama's Amazingly Stingy Clemency Record

dkollin Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 11:09 PM
You've all missed the point. He's stingy on clemency because it keeps the prison's Union guards employed.
Will Barack Obama go down in history as our least merciful president? With less than two weeks to go in his first term, this reputedly progressive and enlightened man has a strong shot at winning that dubious distinction.

December, a traditional season for presidential clemency, has come and gone, and still Obama has granted just one commutation (which shortens a prisoner's sentence) and 22 pardons (which clear people's records, typically after they've completed their sentences). Barring a last-minute flurry of clemency actions, his first-term record looks weaker than those of all but a few previous presidents.

Which of Obama's predecessors managed...