Of Presidential Pardons

Posted on December 17, 2008

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Apparently the parents of “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh are asking President Bush to commute their son’s sentence. I don’t think it’ll happen, and I hope no serious consideration is being given to it.

It will be interesting to see what last-minute pardons Pres. Bush issues before he leaves office. Bill Clinton managed to sneak through the controversial pardons of Mark Rich and the FALN terrorists (both of which Obama Attorney General Eric Holder played a part in).

There are two pardons that President Bush must absolutely issue if he is to retain any shred of credibility among conservatives: Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Campeon. Their stories have already been widely circulated, and if anyone deserves a pardon, it is these two men, who were  convicted by testimony of a drug smuggler who brought a fresh shipment of narcotics to this country on his way to testify. If Ramos and Campeon are still in jail on January 21st, any vestige of respect conservatives might still have for Bush will quickly fade away.

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