Nine Obama Pardons Mock Equity and Justice - by Stephen Lendman
After the annual Thanksgiving Day turkey "pardoning" travesty, Obama granted nine executive pardons, a December 3 White House press release announcing them by name, date of sentencing, and offense committed.
They date from Russell James Dixon's June 23, 1960 two years probation for a felony liquor law violation to Scoey Lathaniel Morris' May 21, 1999 three years probation and $1,200 restitution for passing counterfeit obligations or securities.
The others were for:
-- minor illicit drug related charges;
-- illegal possession of government property;
-- conspiracy to defraud the US by making false statements to the FDA;
-- mutilation of coins;
-- adultery; and
-- passing bad checks.
Besides one bad conduct military discharge/24 months confinement sentence, another imprisonment for one year/one day, and one 30 day jailing, the others involved probation (five years maximum), and/or fines. All were minor offenses, hardly warranting pardons, especially compared to what demands executive exoneration and restitution but never comes.
They involve gross criminal injustice, falsely imprisoning innocent people, some for murders they didn't commit, hundreds of others for political advantage, and two or more times involving human rights lawyers for defending unpopular clients too vigorously. Prominent examples are listed below.
On December 3, New York Times writer Charlie Savage headlined, "In a First for Obama, Nine Pardons Are Granted," saying:
"For the first time since taking office nearly two years ago, President Obama exercised his clemency powers on Friday by granting pardons to nine people."
White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said:
"The president was moved by the strength of the applicants' post-conviction efforts at atonement, as well as their superior citizenship and individual achievements in the years since their convictions."