Tag: Amnesties, Commutations and Pardons

Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations

WASHINGTON — House Democrats return to Washington this week poised to significantly broaden their nascent impeachment inquiry into President Trump beyond the findings of the Russia investigation, but they will confront a fast-dwindling political clock. Undeterred by lackluster public support for impeachment, Democratic lawmakers and aides have sketched out a robust four-month itinerary of hearings […]

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Where New York Stands on Marijuana

Weather: Wear shades. It’ll be sunny, with a high in the low to mid-80s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Labor Day). ImageCreditEduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis, via Getty Images For months, legislators in Albany, spurred on by criminal justice reform groups, debated various ways in which New York could legalize marijuana, just as states like California, Washington […]

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10,872 New Yorkers to See Their Marijuana Convictions Disappear

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Even as states across the country have legalized marijuana, potentially opening the door to a multibillion dollar industry, the impact of marijuana criminalization is still being felt by people — mostly black and Hispanic — whose records are marked […]

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Trump Tells Aides ‘Take the Land’ as Impatience Grows on Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall along the southwestern border is far behind schedule. So he has told his aides to get the job done by whatever means necessary, including by seizing land on the Mexican frontier. The president has repeatedly suggested during meetings on immigration policy that aides “take […]

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Cyntoia Brown Is Freed From Prison in Tennessee

Cyntoia Brown, who served 15 years of a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up when she was a teenage trafficking victim, was released from a Tennessee prison on Wednesday, the Department of Corrections said. Ms. Brown’s story made national headlines, raised awareness of the plight of trafficked young people and […]

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Trump Grants Clemency to 7 Men in Cases Dating Back Decades

President Trump granted clemency to seven men on Monday, including Ted Suhl, an Arkansas man convicted in 2016 of paying bribes to a state official. Mr. Trump commuted Mr. Suhl’s prison sentence and that of Ronen Nahmani, a Florida man convicted in 2015 of selling synthetic marijuana. The remaining men received pardons for convictions stretching […]

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Madoff Asks Trump to Commute His 150-Year Sentence

After Bernard L. Madoff admitted to masterminding the largest Ponzi scheme in history and bilking thousands of investors out of their cash, he was punished with a sentence that made it likely he would die in federal prison — 150 years. Now, a decade into his time, at the age of 81, Mr. Madoff is […]

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Cory Booker Proposes Clemency for Thousands of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey on Thursday announced a plan to offer clemency to more than 17,000 inmates serving time for nonviolent drug-related offenses on the first day of his presidency, an expansive use of executive power that would be the broadest clemency initiative since the Civil War. The plan, which draws heavily on […]

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Supreme Court Affirms Exception to Double Jeopardy in a Case With Implications for Trump Associates

WASHINGTON — In a decision that could affect associates of President Trump accused of wrongdoing and hoping for pardons, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that criminal defendants may be prosecuted for the same offenses in both federal and state court. Since Mr. Trump’s pardon power extends only to federal crimes, the ruling leaves people […]

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Judge Removes Prosecutor in Navy SEAL’s War Crimes Court-Martial

SAN DIEGO — The lead prosecutor in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL platoon leader accused of war crimes, was removed from the case on Monday in a significant setback for the prosecution just a week before the trial was set to begin. The highly unusual ruling by a Navy […]

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In El Salvador, Left Joins Right in Asking for War-Crimes Amnesty

During El Salvador’s brutal, bloody civil war, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or F.M.L.N., a coalition of leftist guerrilla groups, and Arena, a far-right political party that had its own death squads, were deadly enemies, killers and killed. From the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, which was organized by Arena’s founder, to a […]

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