Tag: Amnesties, Commutations and Pardons

The Justice Dept.’s Attempt to Drop the Michael Flynn Case, Explained

WASHINGTON — Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is presiding over the case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, has appointed a former mafia prosecutor and retired federal judge, John Gleeson, to argue against Attorney General William P. Barr’s attempt to drop the case. The case against Mr. Flynn was developed by […]

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As Pandemic Rages, Sri Lanka’s President Pardons a War Criminal

Sri Lanka’s president has pardoned a soldier who was sentenced to death for killing eight civilians during the country’s civil war, leading to accusations that the government was taking advantage of the chaos from the coronavirus pandemic to free a wartime ally accused of atrocities. The pardon reverses one of the very few convictions from […]

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Colorado Abolishes Death Penalty and Commutes Sentences of Death Row Inmates

Colorado abolished its seldom-used death penalty on Monday, joining a growing number of states that have eschewed capital punishment as a deterrent to the most serious crimes. Gov. Jared S. Polis, a Democrat, signed the repeal into law after it had reached his desk from the state legislature. It had passed the Senate in January […]

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Trump Says He’s ‘Strongly Considering’ Pardoning Flynn

WASHINGTON — As the country reeled from growing health and economic crises brought on by the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump announced on Sundaythat he was “strongly considering” a pardon for his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Trump, who appeared to spend the day stewing at the White House, also lashed […]

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Milken Had Key Allies in Pardon Bid: Trump’s Inner Circle

Michael Milken, a symbol of 1980s greed who went to prison for securities fraud and conspiracy, was at home in Encino, Calif., on Feb. 18 when he got a phone call from the White House. President Trump was on the line with good news: Mr. Milken had been pardoned. Mr. Milken hung up, got in […]

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Kerik Had ‘Hit Bottom.’ Then Trump Pardoned Him.

It was as if the last decade had not happened. Wearing a black turtleneck and blazer — an American flag pin affixed to its lapel — Bernard B. Kerik made an appearance on Fox News. Then it was on to a Midtown steakhouse for dinner and Ketel-One-and-cranberry cocktails, courtesy of his old friend Bo Dietl, […]

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The 11 Criminals Granted Clemency by Trump Had One Thing in Common: Connections

WASHINGTON — Early Tuesday morning, Bernard B. Kerik’s telephone rang. On the line was David Safavian, a friend and fellow former government official who like Mr. Kerik was once imprisoned for misconduct. Mr. Safavian had life-changing news. Mr. Safavian, who had ties to the White House, said that he was putting together a letter asking […]

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Rod Blagojevich Comes Home to Chicago, Defiant, ‘Bloody,’ Ready to Talk

CHICAGO — Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, emerged from his brick bungalow on Chicago’s North Side into shivering cold air on Wednesday, coatless, tieless and remorseless. Mr. Blagojevich, who had been in a Colorado prison until a day earlier, denounced a broken justice system, spoke of his “exile” behind bars, thanked President […]

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Trump’s Interventions in the Justice System

To the Editor: Re “Trump Exerts His Power With a Spree of Pardons” (front page, Feb. 19): In my eyes, President Trump’s commutation of the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, is the last straw in a long line of abhorrent transgressions. For years, I have given Mr. Trump the benefit of the […]

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Pardon Closes the Book on Milken’s Case but Can’t Rewrite It

By pardoning Michael R. Milken, a potent symbol of the “greed is good” 1980s and arguably the most significant white-collar criminal of his generation, President Trump has sent two powerful messages: When it comes to justice, money counts. And white-collar crime doesn’t really matter. So much for the rule of law, already under siege by […]

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A Complete List of Trump’s Pardons and Commutations Today

President Trump pardoned seven people on Tuesday, including the “junk bond king” Michael R. Milken and Bernard B. Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner. He also commuted the sentences of Rod R. Blagojevich, a former governor of Illinois, and three others. The Constitution gives presidents what the Supreme Court has ruled is the […]

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Trump Commutes Corruption Sentence of Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois

WASHINGTON — President Trump commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, the Democrat who was convicted of trying to essentially sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain, and pardoned the financier Michael R. Milken and Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, the president […]

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Trump Pardons Former 49ers Owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

WASHINGTON — President Trump has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, the Democrat who was convicted of trying to essentially sell President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain, according to a person briefed on the decision. Mr. Trump commuted the former governor’s sentence on Tuesday and […]

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Reality Winner, Imprisoned for Leaking Russian Hacking Report, Seeks Clemency

An Air Force veteran who has been imprisoned for nearly three years for leaking a classified report on Russian hacking while she was an intelligence contractor applied for clemency from President Trump on Monday. The contractor, Reality L. Winner, 28, petitioned the Office of the Pardon Attorney, which is part of the Justice Department, to […]

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Bayard Rustin, Gay Civil Rights Leader, Is Pardoned in California

LOS ANGELES — The civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, whose legacy had been tarnished by a 1953 conviction under laws that targeted L.G.B.T.Q. people, was posthumously pardoned by Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Tuesday. State lawmakers who lobbied for the pardon had called those old laws unjust tools of oppression. Governor Newsom also announced a […]

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Governor Cuomo, Pardon This Man

When Shayquana Frazier was a toddler, she would visit her father, Tyrone Abraham, in a floating jail near Rikers Island. Once, after an hourlong visitation, a corrections officer led Mr. Abraham into a room to be searched for contraband. His daughter began to cry. “She pulled away from her mother and ran back,” Mr. Abraham […]

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