It’s important in a country like ours to have a mechanism to counter a grave injustice should one occur. In that light, the founders properly saw fit to vest the President of the United States with the power of the pardon.
Of course, we all know about the injustice that can occur in the drug war, with up to life sentences given to many low-level drug offenders.
President Obama has deliberated for two years, reviewing the requests for pardons and has finally identified the worst injustices and is ready to wield his pardon power (Via TalkLeft), including a whopping four drug cases “who were given sentences that the president deemed excessive.” Such as the heartrending case of Roxane Kay Hettinger.
Roxane Kay Hettinger, Powder Springs, Ga., sentenced in 1986 to 30 days in jail and three years of probation for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Thank goodness the President was there to rescue this poor woman who spent 30 days in jail 24 years ago.
Or how about this tragedy?
Timothy James Gallagher of Navasota, Texas, sentenced in 1982 to three years of probation for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
I doubt that even a pardon can erase the horrible memories of three years not spent in prison 28 years ago.
Thank goodness that those are the worst of the injustices that have occurred in the drug war. I don’t know if I could take it otherwise.