How the President decides about who to pardon and whose sentences to commute.
The clemency review process is to a large extent shielded from public scrutiny, which inevitably shrouds it with an air of mystery.
Often confusing gun laws are clarified here.
The laws that govern the ownership and use of firearms have generated confusion about when and how a person's right to own a gun are forfeited and when they can be restored through a pardon.
Pardons are Rooted in History and the Constitution
In this 2015 column for the NY Times.com, Sam Morison asserts that "Pardons should be granted as a regular feature of the presidency."
U.S. Launches Clemency Effort For Some Drug Offenders
“When the President pardons someone to relieve them of the penalties of harsh criminal laws, that’s not an exception to the criminal justice system, that’s part of the criminal justice system.” - Samuel T. Morison, appearing on WHBR’s “Here and Now” radio program.....
Feb. 3, 2014 | WHBR Here & Now
Obama plans to take his 'clemency authority seriously' and pardon...Sam Morison, a staff attorney in the Pardon Attorney's office, also...
April 25, 2014 | The Libertarian Republic
At a panel at the National Press Club last week, ProPublica reporter Dafna Linzer and Sam Morison, an attorney who spent 13 years at the pardon attorney's office...
May 31, 2012 | by Huffington Post
Samuel Morison specializes in federal executive clemency and restoration of civil rights, including pardon after completion of sentence, commutation (reduction) of sentence, and remission of fine. Having served for more than 13 years as an attorney at the Office of the Pardon Attorney, Mr. Morison is uniquely qualified to guide you through the complex process of applying for a presidential pardon.
If the lingering effects of a federal conviction are hindering your life, and you are interested in applying for a presidential pardon, contact Samuel T. Morison for a consultation about your case.
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry interviewed attorney Sam Morison on the assertion reported in The Washington Post that DOJ mishandled the Clarence Aaron pardon application. When asked what he would say to President Obama on this case, Morison said, "Mr. President, you have had to make a lot of tough decisions. This isn't one of them. No reasonable person believes that Clarence Aaron deserves to die in prison." The White House later changed its position and released Aaron from prison. A copy of Aaron's presidential pardon, as well as the video of this interview, is here.
With more than 13 years handling pardon applications for the Justice Department, Sam Morison is a top national expert on how to successfully navigate the pardon process. This unique experience is exceptionally valuable, given that every modern President has relied heavily on the Department's recommendations in deciding who to pardon and whose sentence to commute.
The process is a complicated one. A high percentage of applicants submit applications that have flaws that cause DOJ to recommend against clemency (the term that covers both pardons and commutations).
That is why it is extremely important that pardon applicants get the most qualified guidance from someone who understands exactly how the Justice Department reviews each application.