Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Clemency Unreviewed?

Did Alberto R. Gonzales, and therefore his boss, Governor George W. Bush fall down on the job? If this report is correct I am disappointed in both Gonzales and Bush. The last court of review needs to actually review. Reminds me of all those last minute pardons Clinton did. Urgh. Money quote:
"A close examination of the Gonzales memoranda suggests that Governor Bush frequently approved executions based on only the most cursory briefings on the issues in dispute," Berlow writes. "In fact, in these documents Gonzales repeatedly failed to apprise the governor of crucial issues in the cases at hand: ineffective counsel, conflict of interest, mitigating evidence, even actual evidence of innocence."
Hat Tip: PrometheusSpeaks