As part of an effort to undo the damage caused by years of bad mandatory minimum sentencing laws for federal drug cases the Obama administration has announced a new clemency initiative.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 23, 2014 8:59 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 21, 2014 7:58 am|
The Obama administration is planning to grant clemency to a large number of nonviolent drug offenders who were saddled with obscene terms thanks to mandatory minimum laws. These tough-on-drug laws that were popular three decades ago have played a big role in the explosion of the American prison population.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 15, 2014 7:53 am|
During her trial, the only time the public heard from Chelsea Manning was when she made statements in court. But according to Emma Cape, a lead organizer for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, Manning will be taking a “somewhat more active role” in the case during appeal.
|By: DSWright Monday January 27, 2014 9:08 am|
US Attorney General Eric Holder has an interesting standard for clemency. Last week Holder said he was open to having a discussion on giving the whistleblower Edward Snowden a reduced sentence but that full clemency was “going too far.” And to some degree it would be inconsistent given the Obama Administration’s wild and outrageous attack on whistleblowers and journalists for Holder to say anything different.
But while Holder has become notorious for going soft on Wall Street as Attorney General, as Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration he was part of one of the most controversial pardons in American history. A pardon so odious many thought it would disqualify Holder from becoming AG in the first place.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 3, 2014 2:02 pm|
Journalism based on sensationalism and crude exaggeration is by historical definition known as yellow journalism. A recent article at The Daily Beast by Gordon G. Chang, which accuses former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of lying, is this kind of despicable journalism.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 4, 2013 7:30 pm|
In the past twenty-four hours, there has been quite a bit of discussion about remarks from the White House and two members of Congress addressing whether or not former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden deserves clemency for releasing classified documents to journalists, who have written numerous stories exposing the true nature of the US surveillance state.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 4, 2013 8:50 am|
The civilian defense attorney for Pvt. Bradley Manning, who now goes by Chelsea Manning, has filed an application for a presidential pardon or commutation of Manning’s sentence.
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 21, 2012 8:55 am|
Allowing Assad, who has murdered at least 10,000 of his own people in the past year or so, to receive clemency would be a gut-wrenching outcome. But if it ends the carnage, it could be seen as a positive step.