Pardon Me? Number of people seeking presidential pardons is in the thousands

Monday, July 28, 2008

The number of people of seeking pardons and commutations for federal crimes continues to climb — and the backlog of petitions is in the thousands. With President Bush's term coming to a close, who will he pardon?

Who would you pardon?

Jack Abramoff Former lobbyist | Overcharging Indian casinos in lobbying fraud

Conrad Black Former newspaper tycoon | Skimming money from his company, Hollinger International

Randy "Duke" Cunningham Former U.S. Representative from California | Bribery

Tom Delay Former Speaker of the House | Indicted for fundraising violations

Edwin Edwards Former governor of Louisiana | Racketeering

Marion Jones Former Olympic sprinter | Perjury over the use of performance-enhancing drugs

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Former Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney | Perjury, obstruction of justice related to leak of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity

John Walker Lindh Former Taliban fighter | Aiding terrorism

Michael Milken Former bond trader | Insider trading, fraud

Bob Ney Former U.S. Representative from Ohio | Conspiring in lobbying fraud

Pete Rose Former professional baseball player | Tax evasion

George Ryan Former governor of Illinois | Racketeering

Wesley Snipes Actor | Tax evasion

Martha Stewart Homemaking magnate | Conspiracy related to insider trading

Guest: Margaret Colgate Love, clemency lawyer, former Pardon Attorney of the United States.


Kent DePinto

Comments [1]

Bob Mueller

The majority opinion is that the president could indeed pardon himself.

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Bob Mueller

Jul. 28 2008 02:28 PM

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