With the raging controversy over the last-minute pardons of nearly 200 Mississippi convicted criminals, some are calling for an end to the practice of Governors being able to wipe the record clean of the worst criminals.
With a wave of his hand, President Barack Obama on Wednesday gave two plump turkeys a Thanksgiving reprieve, noting that without his intervention, “they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.”
It’s not even Halloween, but we’re already talking turkey as some Minnesota students are raising the bird that will be pardoned by President Obama this Thanksgiving.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty last month found himself explaining a pardon for a sex offender facing new charges of abusing a child, an unpleasant situation for a man flirting with a presidential bid. But a check of pardons granted during Pawlenty’s eight years as governor found he’s unlikely to face the same headaches as at least one of his rivals.
Prosecutors are seeking to add a dozen new felony charges against a Minnesota man accused of sexually assaulting a girl more than 250 times over several years.
A convicted sex offender whose pardon caused a political headache for Gov. Tim Pawlenty has landed back in jail for violating a condition of his release.