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President Obama pardons a turkey named Courage last

Thanksgiving. Legal professionals wonder when he'll use

his power to pardon a few worthy human beings.

 

 

Le Figaro, France

Can't Mr. Obama Pardon Anything But Turkeys?!

 

"Legal associations and professionals are perplexed by this attitude. Is Obama trying to show his firmness? Is he trying to show that his priorities are elsewhere? For the turkey on Thursday, to be pardoned is a wonderful stroke of luck. As Americans eat 46 million of its fellows day, it will hit the road pampered like a star, headed to a golden retirement."

 

By Veronique Saint-Geours

 

Translated By Philippe Guittard

 

November 22, 2010

 

France - Le Figaro - Original Article (French)

Barack Obama isn't the first U.S. president to be stingy with pardons. President George W. Bush was one of the stingiest, awarding only 200 during his eight years in office. And like his recent predecessors, he too pardoned two Thanksgiving Turkeys every year in office.

 

NPR VIDEO: President Obama presides over the pardoning of Apple and Cider, this year's pair of national Turkeys, Nov. 24, 00:08:41RealVideo

For Thanksgiving, Obama will save a turkey's life. It's a privilege of his office to pardon the condemned. Yet since taking office, he hasn't offered grace to anyone except Courage, the Thanksgiving turkey that was spared in 2009. Can't Obama do any better?

 

American prisoners have it bad. For months, defense attorneys have (figuratively speaking) been climbing the curtains of the White House to obtain pardons or a lessening of charges in the legal cases against their clients. But to no avail. Who would have thought it? On the face of it, Obama has the perfect profile of a very understanding and generous father. But for months, petitions have been accumulating without result. What's worse is that he just refused hundreds (676) of requests for commutations and dozens (71) for criminal charges. America is asking why.

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Legal associations and professionals are perplexed by this attitude. Is Obama trying to show his firmness? Is he trying to show that his priorities are elsewhere? Should there be a new system of pardons? Already, America's calculating machine has begun to emit statistics. Pardon Power, a blog that discusses the issue of pardons, says that number 44 is the fourth slowest drawing U.S. president when it comes to the right to pardon. Only Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and George Washington were slower. In two terms, Bill Clinton used his clemency 456 times (including one hundred times just before his departure) and George W. Bush just 200.

 

Couldn't number 44 at least exercise the pardon in a symbolic way? According to Margaret Love, former Director of the ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions, he could pardon immigrants who have completed their sentences and now face deportation.

 

Let's be careful: the White House and the Justice Department don't publish lists on these cases, so we might later learn that such measures were taken without fanfare. The Thanksgiving holiday would be the right moment.

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For the turkey on Thursday, to be pardoned is a wonderful stroke of luck. As Americans eat 46 million of its fellows that day, it will hit the road pampered like a star, headed to a golden retirement.

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US November 23, 6:29pm]

 

 

 







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