President Obama Grants 17 Pardons to Individuals Convicted of Non-Violent Offenses

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President Obama on Friday granted pardons to 17 people for minor offenses and non-violent crimes. This nearly doubles the pardons he has granted since taking office 4 years ago.  The move is likely to reduce criticism that the president has received for being strict with pardons, even more so than President Bush or nearly any other president in American history.

The crimes committed were years ago and included such minor crimes as possessing an illegal firearm, changing a U.S. money order, falsely acquiring food stamps and drug offenses. The recipients of the pardons came from 13 different states.

Twelve of pardoned people had been placed on probation and 5 of them sentenced to be incarcerated from 54 days to five years.

These are the first pardons of Obama’s second term in office, he granted his first pardons in December 2010. Nine people were then granted pardons for offenses which included possession of drugs and counterfeiting. Another eight were pardoned in May 2011 and five more in November that year. All were for minor offenses.

According to the Department of Justice’s Office of the Pardon Attorney, before this latest batch, Obama had pardoned 22 people out of a total of 1,333 people partitioning for them. This boils down to 1.65 percent of the total number of partitions being granted.

Whereas former president George W. Bush gave 7.57 percent of the people requesting pardons, 2,498 to 189 and former president Bill Clinton gave 19.79 percent of 2,001 requested pardons making 396, according to the data.

Some critics say that this shows that Obama is rather parsimonious in giving out clemency.

P. S. Ruckman Jr., RockValleyCollege, political scientist said, “He’s not only being extremely stingy, but he’s giving pardons to people who arguably need them the very least.” He went on to say, “The people who need pardons are people in their 30s and 40s and 50s who are trying to get jobs and raise families.”

Author of “The Presidential Pardon Power”, Jeffrey Crouch, American University, said, “The president’s pattern has been pretty much to go for the safe route — look for older offenses, nonviolent offenses — and using the pardon power in some cases just enough to not be criticized for not using it at all.”

White House spokesman, Matt Lehrich, stated that, “As he has in past years, the president granted these individuals clemency because they have demonstrated genuine remorse and a strong commitment to being law-abiding, productive citizens and active members of their communities.” He offered no other information about why Obama selected these 17 individuals for pardons.

 

41 Responses to President Obama Grants 17 Pardons to Individuals Convicted of Non-Violent Offenses

  1. So what! Just another gesture to keep negroids passive! What the fvck is 17 pardons when only 1 of them was BLACK?

    Why the picture of the white turkey? Is that a code sign for white supremacy? They used this pic in another article!

    Y’all negroids just don’t get it!!!

    • The turkey is pictured because every year, the president (no matter who he is) “pardons” a turkey at Thanksgiving (saves it from being eaten). It’s symbolic, but not of racism.

      • KMac: I remember when turkeys and chickens had BLACK feathers!

        What color is this turkey? What color are the MAJORITY of people, who are being pardoned?

        YOU KNOW THE ANSWER!!!

  2. Derrick you might have something there.

    • @ICDATRUTH:

      I SEE DA TRUTH!

      Word!

      • @Derrick, you wouldn’t know truth if it hit you in the face.

        By the way, Do you or Do you not believe in God

        On one post you say where is fake god at?

        then later you say he created darkness before light and that you believe in a black messiah.

        Which is it? or are you just a simple minded big mouth old black d**k, with no real friends.

  3. Derrick is on point LOL

  4. I hear ya Derrick, I mean at least make it look fair and pardon an even number of inmates per ethnicity. Which that isn’t really due to number of our people incarcerated.

  5. Someone needs to pardon Mumia Abdul Jamal, he’s been in jail way too long.

  6. This President has shown that he is not leader, but a puppet of David Axelrod and the other clowns. He is a horriable President – not as bad as Bush, but not to far behind.

  7. President Barack Obama refuses, and/or is so treasonous and inept that he has failed to competently serve truly innocent law abiding U.S. born black men and women egregiously violated by government…i.e…..it should be a no brainer that he would not give a rats a*s about pardoning blacks who have been convicted of having committed felonies, etc., etc.

    President Barack Obama, like other sellout elected black leaders, place more value in freeing and serving illegal aliens from around the world than serving U.S. citizens, U.S. born black men and women, being inclusive in Obama’s contempt for law abiding citizens un-American agenda.

    ***********************************************

    http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/03/black-news/man-who-was-falsely-accused-of-murder-awarded-13-2m-for-pain-and-suffering/

    RE: “Man Who Was Falsely Accused of Murder Awarded $13.2M for Pain and Suffering”.

    It is good that this “federal jury decision” was not appealed by the State of Ohio and/or Cleveland City prosecutors to come before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    ***********************************

    “Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row” In a 5-4 ruling, justices overturn a jury verdict awarding $14 million to John Thompson, who had sued then-New Orleans Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. because prosecutors hid a blood test that would have proved his innocence in a murder case.” By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau, March 30, 2011, Los Angeles Times.

    It is good that this “federal jury decision of $13.2 million for David Ayers’ ” was not appealed by the State of Ohio and/or Cleveland City prosecutors to come before the U.S. Supreme Court……

    Had this been the case, a similar scenario would have taken place to where the final decision to break the tie between Supreme Court Justices, of four against and four for any award granted a “jury decision” of a lower court, is left with “no good denying redress to innocent black men or women proven innocent by DNA and other valid evidence, while siding with rogue police officers and unethical New Orleans City Prosecutors no good” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

    President Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus have the power and influence to at least submit a formal recommendation that Clarence Thomas be impeached by Congress, but thus far President Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus remain silent, which means Clarence Thomas will be around for at least a decade or more to continue betraying the interests of law abiding black men and women proven innocent beyond all doubt.

  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC3glyPv-XM

    “A conversation between President Obama and the black community” Published on Jun 7, 2012 by drboycewatkins.

    “Character is doing what’s right — when no one is looking.” by former Congressman J.C. Watts.

    It is shameful that far too many elected officials, especially those who hold office in the black community place very little or no significance in the above statement by former Congressman J.C. Watts.

  9. “This President has shown that he is not leader, but a puppet of David Axelrod and the other clowns. He is a horrible President – not as bad as Bush, but not to far behind.” by Rodney

    -Rodney

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-929487

    Amen, but I believe that Barack Obama will go down in history as being the worst President ever, bar none, namely because he has contempt for the Constitution, the “oath of office” and has contempt for serving the best interests of law abiding U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.

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    “Someone needs to pardon Mumia Abdul Jamal, he’s been in jail way too long.” by Michael

    -Michael

    I hope that you don’t hold your breath waiting for the day that Barack Obama choose to serve any U.S. born black man or woman.

    President Barack “the Magic Negro/illegal alien shoe shining bootlicking” Obama places more value in violating the Constitution, the “oath of office”, and circumventing Congress to serve millions of illegal aliens than in stepping up to the plate for any U.S. citizen or legal immigrant.

  10. http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/06/barack_obama_and_the_betrayal_of_black_america.html

    “Barack Obama and the Betrayal of Black America” By Chidike Okeem, June 2, 2011, TheAmericanThinker.com

  11. “He is suppose to be the face of change” by Wilbert Conrad

    Selected Comment:

    Indeed, BO has shown America just how much of a hypocrite he truly is. Heck, BO will throw anybody under the bus to save himself.

    YouTube: “Obama Faces Toughest Grilling About Drones, Not From The Media, But In A Google…” uploaded by BestViews4Life

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGQQOyzWen4

    YouTube: “Cruz, Holder spar over potential drone strike on U.S. soil” by CBSNewsOnline

    Furthermore, I truly believe that Barack Obama is just as guilty as Attorney General Eric Holder in promoting the “killing” of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil with drones.

  12. “He is suppose to be the face of change” by Wilbert Conrad

    Selected Comment:

    Indeed, BO has shown America just how much of a hypocrite he truly is. Heck, BO will throw anybody under the bus to save himself.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ftn543yT6M

    YouTube: “Obama Faces Toughest Grilling About Drones, Not From The Media, But In A Google…” uploaded by BestViews4Life

    YouTube: “Cruz, Holder spar over potential drone strike on U.S. soil” by CBSNewsOnline

    Furthermore, I truly believe that Barack Obama is just as guilty as Attorney General Eric Holder in promoting the “killing” of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil with drones.

  13. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-941757

    Courts to Where Judges, Court Clerks, Other Court Officials, or Public Servants are Unethical, and Who have Contempt for the Constitution, “the Rule of Law” and the Rights of Law Abiding Taxpaying Citizens or Other Individuals, Won’t be Missed if Cut.

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