By Samuel T. Morison January 26, 2015
New York Times Commentary
Pardons should be granted as a regular feature of the presidency for the simple reason that the institution of executive clemency is part of the constitutional scheme of separated powers. Pundits and elected officials alike often assert, as if it were so obvious that it needs no justification, that it is inappropriate for the president to “interfere” with the operation of the criminal justice system. This is a historically myopic view.
The president has a constitutional duty to bestow mercy in appropriate cases in his official capacity as the chief executive. (Continued)
MSNBC, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, "Alleged Mishandling in Clarence Aaron Case," Interview of Samuel T. Morison, May 27, 2012.
WAMU Radio The Kojo Nnamdi Show, "Wielding the Presidential Pardon," Interview of Samuel T. Morison, Dec. 2, 2010.
The Washington Post, "Inmate Remains in Prison After Facts were Kept from the Bush White House," By Dafna Linzer, May 13, 2012.
Sentencing Law and Policy Blog, "Saving Grace: Salvaging the Pardon Advisory System," By Doug Berman, Dec. 12, 2011.
The Washington Post, "A racial gap for criminals seeking mercy," By Dafna Linzer & Jennifer LaFleur, Dec. 3, 2011.
"Samuel Morison, a lawyer who worked in the pardons office for 13 years, said there is an institutional interest in preserving the convictions secured by the government’s prosecutors.
'The pardon office is not a neutral arbiter, because the Justice Department was a party to every criminal case it examines,' Morison said."
Reason Magazine, "The Year in Clemency: The major pardon and commutation stories of 2010," By Radley Balko, Jan. 10, 2011.
Pardon Power Blog, "Top Ten Clemency Stories of 2010," By P.S. Ruckman, Jr., Dec. 26, 2010.
Grits for Breakfast Blog, "Institutional prosecutorial bias limits federal pardon recommendations from DOJ," by Scott Henson, Dec. 24, 2010.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Pardon Paves Way for Would-be Psychologist," by Steve Visser, Dec. 8, 2010.
The New York Times, "In a First for Obama, Nine Pardons Are Granted," by Charlie Savage, Dec. 3, 2010.
Huffington Post Blog, "Turkey Spared – But Obama’s Compassion for Humans Comes Up Short," by Dan Froomkin, Nov. 24, 2010.
The New York Times, "No Country for Second Chances," by George Lardner Jr. Nov. 23, 2010.
The Washington Post, "Pardon People, Too, Mr. President," Margaret C. Love, Nov. 12, 2010.
SentenceSpeak Blog, "Setting the Record Straight on Pardons," Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), Nov. 8, 2010.
Pardon Power Blog, "Otis v. Morison -- Good Stuff," P.S. Ruckman, Jr., Nov. 7, 2010.
Sentencing Law and Policy Blog, "A No-Pardon Justice Department," by Doug Berman, Nov. 6, 2010.
Pardon Power Blog, "A Landmark Letter Re the Pardon Power," P.S. Ruckman, Jr., Nov. 5, 2010.
For a listing of some of the Professional Publications, Scholarly Articles and Legal Commentary, etc., authored by Sam Morison, go to Attorney Profile page.
By Samuel T. Morison, Nov. 5, 2010
Los Angeles Times Commentary
President Obama should rely more on his own moral judgment than the Justice Department's in making clemency and pardon decisions. (Continued)
By Samuel T. Morison, Guest Post, American Constitution Society Blog,
Dec. 12, 2011
....However well intentioned, the rhetoric of retribution quickly degenerated into a crass endorsement of punitive incapacitation for its own sake, with little regard for what any particular offender actually deserves. The result has been a burgeoning federal prison population of more than 200,000, coupled with thousands more ex-felons who labor under the burden of lifetime collateral disabilities. (Continued)
By Samuel T. Morison
The title of this post is the title of this notable new guest post at the ACS Blog by Samuel Morison, a former staff attorney at the Office of the Pardon Attorney.... (Continued)