Clemency: A Remedy in Need of Revival
Ken Strutin, director of legal information services at the New York State Defenders Association, writes: At present, many executives distance themselves from their chief equitable authority. Some put their faith in the infallibility of convictions and sentences. Others recoil at the perception that they might be misusing the pardon power. Behind the veil of prerogative and procedure, clemency has been stripped of its redemptive moorings.