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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #23)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:40 AM

32. Whether you agree with it or not, presidential pardons are legal

Given that they are legal, I see no reason why they shouldn't be used to correct severe injustices.

The question of political risk is a somewhat different, though related issue. I realize that Obama is highly averse to taking political risk. But that doesn't excuse his failure to correct a severe injustice that is clearly within his legal rights to do. Unlike Ford's pardon of Nixon or Bush's commuting of Libby's sentence, Obama could provide detailed sensible rationale for pardoning Siegelman. In doing so, he could not only correct a severe injustice, but he could bring this whole sordid affair to national attention, as it should be.

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