The Bureaucracy of Mercy
The Marshall Project
December 14, 2015

“As the two presidents, one incoming and the other outgoing, shared a limo to the inauguration in January 2009, President Bush had some advice for President-elect Obama: ‘Announce a pardon policy early on, and stick to it.’ Bush had been stunned by a final-days flood of appeals for clemency on behalf of friends and former colleagues convicted of federal crimes.”

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