Biden Is Developing a Pardon Process With a Focus on Racial Justice

As a senator, he backed legislation that led to mass incarceration and long drug sentences. Now his administration is signaling that he could use clemency to address inequities.

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Ron DeSantis Says He Will Pardon Those Who Violated ask Mandates

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said the enforcement of a county mask mandate was “total overreach.”

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Quintin Jones Is About to Be Executed. He Shouldn’t Be.

Quintin Phillippe Jones is scheduled to be executed on May 19. Today I tell the story of our friendship in the hope that it will save his life.

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Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of Covid-19 Behind Bars

Among the thousands who have died in prisons and jails from the coronavirus were dozens of people approved for parole or not convicted of a charge for which they were arrested.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deaths-fatalities, #probation-and-parole, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sentences-criminal

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Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon

The congressman was at the time under investigation over whether he violated sex trafficking laws, though it was unclear what he knew of the inquiry.

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Access, Influence and Pardons: How a Set of Allies Shaped Trump’s Choices

A loose collection of well-connected groups and individuals led by a pair of Orthodox Jewish organizations had striking success in winning clemency for white-collar criminals during the Trump presidency.

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Shelia Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys

She fought for decades to get their names cleared from an egregious injustice in the Jim Crow South, and created a museum in their honor.

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Sheila Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys

She fought for decades to get their names cleared from an egregious injustice in the Jim Crow South, and created a museum in their honor.

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Man Killed 3 After Early Release, Officials Say

An Oklahoma man whose prison sentence had been commuted cut out and cooked a woman’s heart and tried to feed it to his relatives before killing two of them, the authorities said.

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Justice Dept. Is Said to Be Examining Stone’s Possible Ties to Capitol Rioters

A full criminal investigation is far from certain, a person familiar with the inquiry said.

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How Alan Dershowitz Became a Force in Clemency Grants

The lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who represented the former president in his first impeachment trial, used his access for a wide array of clients as they sought pardons or commutations.

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‘Likely Innocent’: Judge Frees Woman Jailed 15 Years in Child’s Death

Rosa Jimenez was imprisoned after being convicted of murder in the death of a toddler who choked on paper towels while she was babysitting him in 2003. Experts now say the death was accidental.

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He Was Convicted in a Police Officer’s Murder. Trump Gave Him Clemency.

Jaime A. Davidson was in prison for nearly 30 years for one of upstate New York’s most notorious crimes. Political connections appear to have set him free.

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Trump Grants Clemency to Man Convicted in Syracuse Police Officer’s Murder

Jaime A. Davidson was in prison for nearly 30 years for one of upstate New York’s most notorious crimes. Political connections appear to have set him free.

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The Road to Clemency From Trump Was Closed to Most Who Sought It

Of the nearly 240 pardons and commutations he granted during his term, only 25 came through the regular Justice Department process. The rest were a product of connections, influence and money.

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Trump’s Pardon of Bannon Could Raise Risk for 3 Co-Defendants

President Trump’s former adviser Stephen K. Bannon may now be a witness against three other men accused in a border-wall swindle.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #conservatism-us-politics, #united-states-politics-and-government, #we-build-the-wall

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Two Years After Legalizing Cannabis, Has Canada Kept Its Promises?

Legal pot has made Canadian justice a little fairer, with “heavily racialized” arrests for possession mostly ending. But vows on amnesty, illicit sales and Indigenous inclusion are works in progress.

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Who is Jonathan Braun? Trump’s Last Minute Pardon Still Faces Accusations of Violence

Jonathan Braun’s 10-year sentence for running a drug ring was commuted by the departing president. The White House did not mention that he faces separate accusations of violence and threats.

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Trump’s Pardon Process Was a Mix of Mercy and Favoritism

The former president doled out pardons to political allies and friends, but he also helped people serving harsh sentences.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #criminal-justice, #trump-donald-j

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For Prosecutors, Trump’s Clemency Decisions Were a ‘Kick in the Teeth’

Commutations in high-profile Medicare fraud cases have elicited anger among those who spent years pursuing complex prosecutions.

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Swamps R Us

Lots of things are better than a colorful president.

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Trump Pardons Miami Investor Robert Zangrillo

Federal prosecutors accused Robert Zangrillo of conspiring to pay a bribe so that his daughter would be admitted to the University of Southern California.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-southern-california, #zangrillo-robert

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In Trump’s Pardons, Disdain for Accountability

President Donald J. Trump’s clemency actions underscored his animosity toward a justice system seeking to punish corruption and betrayals of public trust.

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The Problem With Trump’s Odious Pardon of Steve Bannon

It is corrupt and a possible obstruction of justice and should be legally challenged.

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Trump’s Pardons: The List

Stephen K. Bannon joined the list of President Trump’s allies who have been granted clemency, one that includes Paul Manafort and Roger J. Stone Jr.

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Trump Grants Clemency to Stephen Bannon and Other Allies

The president continued using his power to help his supporters, including his former chief strategist and one of his top 2016 fund-raisers.

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Trump Prepares Pardon Wave for Final Hours

Among those under consideration for grants of clemency are the former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and the rapper Lil Wayne.

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Prospect of Pardons in Final Days Fuels Market to Buy Access to Trump

The president’s allies have collected tens of thousands of dollars — and potentially much more — from people seeking pardons.

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First Woman to Face Federal Execution Since 1953 Seeks Reprieve

Lisa M. Montgomery, who is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday for a gruesome murder, is seeking to have her sentence reduced to life imprisonment because she suffered sexual abuse from a young age.

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With Trump Presidency Winding Down, Push for Assange Pardon Ramps Up

Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have enlisted a lobbyist with connections to the president and filed a clemency petition with the White House.

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Trump Is Said to Have Discussed Pardoning Himself

The discussions occurred in recent weeks, and it was not clear whether he has brought it up since he incited supporters to march on the Capitol, where some stormed the site.

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The Misuse of the Presidential Pardon

Readers respond to an editorial urging changes to the current system.

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Outside Trump’s Inner Circle, Odds Are Long for Getting Clemency

President Trump has doled out pardons to friends and fellow Republicans. Thousands of others without connections have largely been left out.

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Behind Trump Clemency, a Case Study in Special Access

Philip Esformes was sentenced last year to 20 years for Medicare fraud. Then a well-connected organization supported by his family weighed in with the White House.

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Parents of ‘Balloon Boy’ Are Pardoned by Colorado’s Governor

Richard and Mayumi Heene were accused of concocting a hoax after their 6-year-old son was feared to have floated away in a balloon in 2009. The boy was found safe at home.

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Trump’s Most Disgusting Pardons

Blackwater mercenaries committed a massacre. Now they’ll go free.

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For a Defeated President, Pardons as an Expression of Grievance

President Trump’s grants of clemency to convicted liars, corrupt congressmen and child-killing war criminals are a way to lash out at a system that he believes has treated him and his friends unfairly.

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Trump Gives Clemency to More Allies, Including Manafort, Stone and Charles Kushner

It was the second wave of pardons and commutations by the president in two days, showing his willingness to use his power aggressively on behalf of loyalists.

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Blackwater’s Bullets Scarred Iraqis. Trump’s Pardon Renewed the Pain.

Iraqi witnesses against Blackwater guards were promised justice after a mass killing in Baghdad in 2007. ‘Today,’ one said, the bullets still in his leg, ‘they proved to me it was just theater.’

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Trump Corrupted the Presidential Pardon. Biden Must Repair It.

There are clear ways to reform the pardon process to work as the founders intended.

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Trump Pardons Two Russia Inquiry Figures and Blackwater Guards

The pre-Christmas wave of 20 pardons and commutations are not likely to be the last before Mr. Trump leaves office on Jan. 20.

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Accountability After Trump

How can America rebuild democracy’s guardrails and hold the past administration to account for its lawlessness?

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Myon Burrell Has Life Sentence Commuted by Minnesota

Mr. Burrell, who has maintained his innocence, was 16 when an 11-year-old was killed by a stray bullet. The case posed challenges for Senator Amy Klobuchar during her presidential campaign.

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Justice Department Executes Man for Murder Committed When He Was 18

Despite a high-profile clemency campaign by allies of President Trump, the administration executed Brandon Bernard by lethal injection for his role in the 1999 crime.

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Citing Trump’s Pardon, Judge Dismisses Case Against Michael Flynn

A federal judge portrayed the Justice Department’s prior attempt to drop the case as unlikely to have met legal standards as legitimate.

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The President and Pre-Emptive Pardons

President Trump has discussed insulating his children and personal lawyer from criminal charges that have yet to be brought. Here’s a look at what he could do in his final days.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #flynn-michael-t, #schmidt-michael-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Associates Said to Have Been Scrutinized in Suspected Pardon Scheme

A billionaire from San Francisco sought clemency for a psychologist convicted of monetary crimes. The Republican donor Elliott Broidy and a lawyer for Jared Kushner were enlisted.

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Can Trump Pre-emptively Pardon Himself? Clemency Power, Explained

The president has discussed potential pardons that could test the boundaries of his constitutional power to nullify criminal liability.

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Can Trump Pre-emptively Pardon Allies or Himself? Clemency Power, Explained

The president has discussed potential pardons that could test the boundaries of his constitutional power to nullify criminal liability.

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Justice Dept. Investigating Potential Bribery Scheme for Trump Pardon

Heavily redacted court documents unsealed by a judge offered only scant clues to the potential scheme, and nothing directly tied the president to it.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #howell-beryl-a, #trump-donald-j

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