Yesterday, December 19, President Obama pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentences of 153 others convicted of federal crimes…the most individual clemencies ever granted by a president in a single day.
Most of the commutations involved drug-related charges, and forty-nine of the individuals had been convicted of firearms offenses.
The large number of pardons were 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.
The president has now pardoned a total of 148 people during his presidency.
“Today’s acts of clemency – and the mercy the president has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients – exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances,” said White House Counsel Neil Eggleston.
If this is true, we have one question for Mr. Eggleston and President Obama:
Where is the “second chance” for Oscar López Rivera?
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