February 18, 2001 |
After 20 years of devoted service, I plan to step down as soon as I can as an employee of the Canadian federal civil service. But before I do, I'd like to exercise a little known prerogative of retiring Canadian government workers: the pardon. In my final magnanimous gesture, I would like to pardon the following people: 1) The guy who hit my car leaving $900 in damage and no note! 2) The woman who cut me off last week just before running a red light. (You know who you are!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2001
Re "Clinton Pardons a Billionaire Fugitive, and Questions Abound," Jan. 24: President Bill Clinton's last-minute pardon of fugitive robber baron Marc Rich is the crime of the century--having illegally bilked U.S. taxpayers out of millions. It would be interesting to hear from those people who applauded the special prosecutor's pardon of Clinton now that they know what boldfaced shame and monetary loss he has foisted on the American people. Clinton and [former White House counsel] Jack Quinn's actions should generate a congressional probe as New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has recommended.
July 14, 2010 |
"I expect you have forgotten what you promised me," Billy the Kid wrote to New Mexico Territory's governor, Lew Wallace, in 1881. The Kid was writing from a Santa Fe jail cell. He was there because of the dogged efforts of Pat Garrett, who had been elected sheriff of Lincoln County, which comprised the southeastern part of the territory, on the promise that he would put a stop to Billy and his gang of rustlers. Now Billy was waiting to be transported to Mesilla, where he would be tried for the murder of another Lincoln County lawman, Sheriff William Brady.
January 24, 2009
Re "Bush commutes terms of convicted border agents," Jan. 20 President Bush's decision not to pardon border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, but rather to commute the remainder of their sentences, is just and appropriate. Eleven or 12 years in prison is excessive. However, Ramos and Compean are felons who shot a person and then lied about the encounter. Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, the suspected smuggler, is clearly a disreputable fellow. But U.S. lawmen are not above the law. They must be held to account for their actions and for abuse of their authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1993
Carl Bernstein (Opinion, Jan. 10) attacked the wrong pardon. It was not Richard Nixon's Watergate crimes that fathered the recent constitutional criminality--it was Gerald Ford's pardon. Watergate was a moral watershed in the life of the country. Instead of Nixon being impeached and possibly imprisoned, a great constitutional crime went unpunished, and the most important symbolic criminal escaped scot-free. Instead of spending his remaining years in well-deserved disgrace, as a living example and warning to subsequent administrations, Nixon is now a grand old man of American politics.
May 30, 1989
Poland's Parliament issued a sweeping pardon for political crimes committed since the Solidarity trade union was formed in 1980. Concurrently, Parliament also voted overwhelmingly to "pardon and commit to oblivion" crimes including participation in strikes or street protests, underground printing and broadcasting or collecting money for banned organizations, thus lifting measures used to jail hundreds of Solidarity and opposition activists. Meanwhile, a sit-in strike by students protesting the government's refusal to recognize their union doubled in size, with youths at 40 of the nation's 70 universities boycotting classes.
July 2, 2008 |
Panama's Supreme Court overturned a presidential pardon of four Cuban emigres accused of plotting to kill Fidel Castro, including former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles, officials said. The court ruled late Monday that 180 pardons granted in 2004 by then-President Mireya Moscoso, including those of the Cubans, were unconstitutional, leaving open the possibility that many people could be returned to jail. The attorney in Panama for Posada, Rogelio Cruz, said he believed Panama might request his client's extradition from the U.S., where he is under a supervision order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2001
For anyone to suggest that former President Clinton pardoned Marc Rich because of Denise Rich's donations is ridiculous. Former supermarket mogul Ron Burkle, who is a big FOB and has donated millions to the Democrats and hosted Clinton at his estate numerous times, was lobbying Clinton to pardon financier Michael Milken. Clinton did not pardon Milken. I guarantee that Burkle has given significantly more money than Denise Rich. Maybe Clinton felt that Marc Rich was wrongly prosecuted or maybe he was throwing a bone to Israel in its peace negotiations.
September 12, 1999
Re "A Wise Ford Pardoned Nixon," Commentary, Sept. 7: Stanley Kutler says, "If [Richard] Nixon had won acquittal on any grounds, he would have clouded the historical understanding of Watergate. [President Gerald] Ford spared us such ambiguity." Ambiguity, my foot! Nixon was caught with a smoking gun, a smoking cannon, a smoking arsenal. Kutler mentions a "hint" of conspiracy regarding a deal with Ford to pardon Nixon. If Kutler would read Bob Woodward's book, "Shadows," he would find there was more than a "hint."
November 16, 1986 |
"It doesn't surprise me," Eugene Hasenfus' stepmother said Saturday on hearing that he had been sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges of running guns to rebels in Nicaragua. "We pray to God their president will come through with something (like a pardon)," said Theresa Hasenfus. "He's got to be pardoned," said his sister-in-law, Sylvia Hofherr. "He can't stay over there for 30 years."