Friday, January 2, 2009

More on Pardons & Commutations

More on Pardons & Commutations -

Charlie Savage NYTimes, has an article titled On Fast Track for Clemency, via the Oval Office and there are wonderful follow-ups from P.S. Ruckman Jr., Pardon Power, ABC News: Pardon Breakdown and The Times: On Pardons and Access .   Some observations -

  • The process has its issues and those who are less fortunate and don't have a connection may not have as good a chance of securing a pardon or commutation.
  • Politics and/or influence may have played a factor and this needs to be scrutinized.
  • The press is monitoring every pardon issued.

It's this last point that interests me.  We see newspapers cutting staffs and suffering from the economy and also the effect of the Internet.  Investigative reporters have served an important role in society and in uncovering many corruption and white collar crimes.  So, too, they serve an important role in keeping the government in check. Will this continue and what happens if we lose the power of the press?

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Addendum, Mary Flood, Houston Chronicle, Pardon watch on as transition nears -But it's doubtful any Houstonians will make the cut

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" . . . what happens if we lose the power of the press?"
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Balance, maybe?

Instead of the public not ever hearing anything bad about the Democratic candidates, they'd never hear anything bad about any candidate.

Not nearly as good, I grant you, as hearing everything about both candidates, good and bad, but, well, unicorns would be pretty, too.

Posted by: bobby b | Jan 3, 2009 8:17:41 PM

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