Obama par­dons or com­mutes 231 ad­di­tional crim­i­nals

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

Pres­i­dent Obama par­doned 78 peo­ple and short­ened the sen­tences of 153 oth­ers con­victed of fed­eral crimes Mon­day, the most in­di­vid­ual clemen­cies ever granted by a pres­i­dent in one day.

Forty-nine of the in­di­vid­u­als had been con­victed of firearms of­fenses.

The large num­ber of par­dons was un­usual for Mr. Obama, who has fo­cused his clemency ef­forts on com­mut­ing the life sen­tences of drug deal­ers who would not have re­ceived such lengthy terms un­der cur­rent law. Par­dons amount to for­give­ness of a crime that re­moves re­stric­tions on the right to vote.

The ac­tions bring the to­tal num­ber of com­mu­ta­tions by Mr. Obama to 1,176 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 395 who were serv­ing life sen­tences, said White House Coun­sel Neil Eg­gle­ston. The pres­i­dent has now par­doned a to­tal of 148 peo­ple dur­ing his pres­i­dency.

“To­day’s acts of clemency … ex­em­plify his be­lief that Amer­ica is a na­tion of sec­ond chances,” Mr. Eg­gle­ston said. “To­day’s grants sig­nify the pres­i­dent’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to ex­er­cis­ing his clemency author­ity through the re­main­der of his time in of­fice.”

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