So far, President Obama has only pardoned 39 people, making him the most non-pardoning (trademarking that word) President in modern history. A rumor is currently spreading around the hill that Sandi Jackson, wife of former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., is looking to become number 40 on Obama's list.
There may be some good news at last for ex-Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, wife of disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr."The hottest rumor to come down the political pike: Speculation President Barack Obama may pardon former Ald. Sandi Jackson before he leaves office in January 2017," Sun-Times political reporter Michael Sneed said Monday.Jackson Jr. begins his prison term Nov. 1. Sandi Jackson's lawyers were able to get an order from the judge allowing her to remain free to care for the couple's young children until her husband completes his term.In his combined terms as president, Obama has pardoned 39 people, most recently granting clemency to 17 felons convicted of non-violent offenses this past March.According an analysis from ProPublica, Obama has granted clemency at a lower rate than any other president in modern history.If Obama were to grant Sandi Jackson a pardon when he leaves office, the Sun-Times notes she will have already served half of her sentence.
I, for one, can certainly think of some people convicted by the federal government who definitely deserve to be put on the Presidential Pardon list (see these 6 guys in Colorado (5 black, 1 white) known as the "IRP 6" who were essentially convicted because their start up company -- an IT company that created software to help law enforcement -- went into debt...which, last time I checked, is what just about every business in America does. We'll do a post on their story next week).
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