5 Takeaways From Thursday’s Jan. 6 Hearing

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack laid out in detail how President Donald J. Trump and his allies sought to install a loyalist atop the Justice Department.

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Panel Provides New Evidence That G.O.P. Members of Congress Sought Pardons

The House Jan. 6 committee played testimony from former Trump aides who said at least half a dozen Republicans had pre-emptively sought clemency.

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Biden to Use Clemency Powers for First Time

The president said he would commute the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders and issue three pardons, part of what aides described as a broader strategy to overhaul the criminal justice system.

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The Superpredator Myth Did a Lot of Damage. Courts Are Beginning to See the Light.

We don’t need to keep everyone in prison forever.

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Peru’s Top Court Reinstates Pardon for Former President Alberto Fujimori

The court issued a ruling to release Mr. Fujimori from prison, where he has served less than 15 years of a 25-year sentence for committing human rights abuses.

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Supporters Seek Clemency for Leonard Peltier, Native American Activist

Leonard Peltier, sentenced to two life terms 45 years ago in the shooting of two F.B.I. agents, is now 77 and in poor health.

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The Democrats’ Use of Dark Money: Is It Hypocritical?

Readers justify the use of such money to level the playing field while the Democrats try to change the rules. Also: Trump’s rally; the Spotify dustup; LED lights.

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Murderer Pardoned by Kentucky’s Former Governor Is Sentenced Again

Patrick Baker’s family hosted a fund-raiser for the former governor, Matt Bevin, before he was pardoned in 2019. He was convicted by a federal jury this summer and sentenced to 42 years in prison.

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With a Pardon, Homer Plessy’s Record Is Clear, but a Painful Legacy Endures

He boarded a whites-only train with the hope of undoing racist laws. Instead, his arrest led to a Supreme Court decision that upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine used to justify segregation.

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Britain Extends Pardons Policy for Consensual Same-Sex Partners

The government’s action expands earlier legislative efforts, but for some gay people it is too little, too late. “It impacted me my whole life,” one man said of his conviction.

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South Korea to Pardon Former President Park Geun-hye

The government said it would release Ms. Park on Dec. 31 in the interest of national “reconciliation.”

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Prosecutors Move to Reduce 110-Year Sentence for Trucker in Deadly Crash

After Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced in connection with a 2019 crash in Colorado that left four people dead, a district attorney asked a judge to reconsider the lengthy punishment.

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A Glimmer of Justice in Death Penalty States

The halting of executions and the guilty verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery case have given us the slightest bit of hope for change.

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Groveland Four Are Exonerated More Than 70 Years Later

The men, known as the Groveland Four, were cleared on Monday after a Florida prosecutor said “a complete breakdown of the criminal justice system” led to the charges in 1949.

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Biden Pardons 2 Turkeys in Thanksgiving Tradition

“Peanut Butter and Jelly were selected based on their temperament, appearance, and, I suspect, vaccination status,” the president said.

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Oklahoma Governor Commutes Julius Jones’s Death Sentence Hours Before Execution

Julius Jones was convicted of first-degree murder in 2002 and had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday.

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Supporters Appeal for Clemency for Death Row Inmate Julius Jones

Hundreds of students walked out of schools and activists demonstrated at the State Capitol, urging Gov. Kevin Stitt to commute the sentence of Julius Jones, who is scheduled for execution on Thursday.

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Man Pardoned After Spending 24 Years in Prison for Murder

The pardon came after a North Carolina judge vacated the conviction of Montoyae Dontae Sharpe in 2019, ruling that a key witness had “entirely made up” her testimony.

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Homer Plessy’s Arrest in 1892 Led to a Landmark Ruling. Now He May Get Justice.

His legacy is tied to a Supreme Court decision that upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine, underpinning laws that segregated and disenfranchised African Americans for decades.

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Rights Groups Urge Singapore Not to Execute Man With Mental Disability

The man, a Malaysian with an I.Q. of 69, was caught trying to smuggle an ounce and a half of heroin in 2009. Some are calling his planned hanging a human rights violation.

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Myanmar Announces Amnesty for Thousands of Anti-Coup Protesters

The junta, which seized power in February, said it was releasing the prisoners to mark the Lighting Festival, a three-day holiday that begins Tuesday.

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Governors Shouldn’t Be the Only Ones Making Clemency Decisions

Gov. Hochul has a rare opportunity transform the clemency process.

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On Death Row Half His Life, Oklahoma Man May Be a Step Closer to Release

A panel has recommended that Julius Jones’s sentence in a 1999 murder be commuted. His case, which has prompted public demonstrations and celebrity advocacy, is now on the governor’s desk.

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Developer Charged in Scheme to Bilk Matt Gaetz’s Family

The Justice Department arrested the man for seeking $25 million for a presidential pardon that would have purportedly ended a sex trafficking investigation into Mr. Gaetz.

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Martinsville 7 Are Pardoned by Virginia 70 Years After Execution for Rape

For decades, family members of the men, known as the Martinsville Seven, contended that they were denied due process. Gov. Ralph S. Northam agreed.

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Biden Considers Clemency for Some Drug Offenders in Home Confinement

Biden officials are exploring what should be done with inmates in home confinement whenever the pandemic emergency ends.

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As the Taliban Tighten Their Grip, Fears of Retribution Grow

Taliban leaders have promised amnesty to Afghan officials and soldiers, but there are increasing reports of detentions, disappearances and even executions.

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Biden Legal Team Decides Inmates Must Return to Prison After Covid Emergency

When the pandemic ends, thousands in home confinement will be recalled unless Congress acts or Biden issues mass commutations.

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Spain Pardons Jailed Catalan Separatist Leaders

A major step toward defusing tensions in a conflict that has long divided Spain prompted mixed reactions from an independence movement.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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