Friday, September 28, 2012

                                    Ask Now About the Pardon Power

This is  an article written  on the Huffington Post by
Mark Osler   professor of law at the University of Saint Thomas - it begins

"The pardon power is the drunk uncle of presidential politics, awkwardly ignored until there is a disaster. It has been the source of great controversy over the past three decades, with clemency granted to Richard Nixon, Marc Rich, and Scooter Libby, but too few others. Yet, the pardon power and how it should be used rarely comes up as a subject of discussion in presidential campaigns. This fall's debate moderators should change that."

This is an important discussion of the pardon power of the President,  it's use and more important, it's lack of use.  Releasing non-violent, marijuana only offender would be a start toward fiscal responsibility and civil liberties.