This is moving along:
I’m a bit impatient. I could figure out who to commute in about two hours. Given access to the incarcerated database, the query is CRIME = NONVIOLENT AND TIMESERVED > 10 YEARS. You get back a results list, and that’s who you commute Mr. President. Done.
But, there is a need for process I suppose…
I asked here a couple days ago how it could be that Ronald Rodgers, Director at the Office of Pardon Attorney, was an ambiguous decision at this time. IE, why was he still the Director. He hadn’t forwarded any guidance to approve commutations in several years, and the guidance he did forward was materially untruthful on at least one noteworthy occasion. He had been revealed as not faithfully executing the mission of the office and seems to have gone further in actually acting with some malice both towards the incarcerated and the President. And ain’t that quite something? The Obama Administration and the Holder DOJ went 5 years not bothering to observe whether they had an actual civil servant running this bureau rather than the warden from Shawshank Redemption.
Well the ambiguity is gone. Rodgers ‘resigned’, IE, was told to resign or be fired.
You read the stories and you see this guy Rodgers was a Bush appointee and you might say ‘well that explains a lot’. Who knows, maybe it does. Rodgers was ex-military and that carries a lot of weight I guess when Republican appointments get made.
Looking back, it certainly was an awful appointment. If that’s not bad enough, it took five years apparently to ferret this guy out as a bad apple.
That’s the Obama administration’s fault. Now you can certainly say, gee, they have a lot of things going on, things take the time they take. And this is true. But Eric Holder is the one with oversight here, and he has bad raps for incompetence and self-aggrandizement that date back to the Clinton Administration. These ‘bad raps’ were about pardons. Holder was the bag man when Marc Rich bribed the Clinton Administration for a pardon. Is that expressed too harshly? I’d be interested to know why.
Cut to 2008 – 2013, and Holder still has ‘bad raps’. For among other things, allowing DOJ to run ill conceived gunwalking operations, spying on journalists, and giving confusing testimony to congress about each. Even in a journalism environment completely sycophantic to the Obama Administration, Holder has always been just 1 more screw up away from having to resign.
So you figure the one place he won’t be controversial is with pardons. And he hasn’t been, he didn’t get aggressive there, didn’t stir things up, all was quiet. The end result of which is that this guy Rodgers got 5 years to not carry out the mission of his office, and hundreds of people who are not a danger to society got to spend 5 more years in jail.