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by | Sep 25, 2017

On June 20, 2010 Federal Judge Linda R. Reade of Iowa’s Northern District fined Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin $27 million and sentenced him to 27 years for supposed financial fraud. As I explain and emphasize later, the “fraud” itself was manufactured…

by | Aug 30, 2017

I was, maybe, twenty-one at the time, sitting in a 12-step meeting, not yet ready to get sober, and in no shape at the time to drink; the alcoholic quagmire. I can’t remember much from that moment, in time, of…

by | Aug 29, 2017

The choice is either to be amused or appalled by the apocalyptic criticism of President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I think I’ll go with option one. Much of the wailing and gnashing of teeth comes from…

by | Aug 20, 2017

Washington President Donald Trump has not used the power granted to him in the U.S. Constitution to pardon or commute federal offenders. (A pardon essentially blots out a criminal conviction; a commutation does not revoke a conviction, but reduces or…

by | Nov 11, 2016

I would be remiss not to begin my first post-election column with a mea culpa and a congratulations: In my skepticism that Donald Trump could win a presidential election, I overestimated the negative impact of his own behavior and his…

by | Sep 4, 2016

You don’t see many Californians when you look at lists of federal inmates whose sentences President Obama has commuted. The reason is simple: The mandatory minimum sentencing system effectively has allowed federal prosecutors to choose defendants’ sentences by deciding how…

by | Aug 23, 2016

Patricia Hearst is the first person in American history to receive a commutation from one president and a pardon from another, author Jeffrey Toobin writes in his book, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of…

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