Obama should act now to fulfill a central premise of his presidency — that the United States is a nation of second chances, and that it is a moral imperative to re-examine the cases of the unjustly imprisoned.
By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced a new initiative Wednesday to encourage nonviolent prisoners who have served at least 10 years to apply for what is expected to be a large-scale grant of clemency in President Obama’s waning years in office. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole announced […]
By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday that the Justice Department will announce new clemency criteria aimed at freeing potentially thousands of prisoners convicted of using crack cocaine. To prepare for the expected flood of petitions, the Justice Department is planning to assign dozens of […]
In the final hours of a years-long fight to save Troy Davis’ life, human rights activists have intensified efforts to prevent the execution of a most likely innocent man. The prospects, however, look increasingly bleak. Davis’ lawyers have been scrambling for any possible solutions, but the only remaining chance to stop the execution is through […]
Despite significant doubts in the case and international protests, Georgia’s board of pardons denied clemency for death row inmate Troy Davis on Tuesday, clearing the way for his execution at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The decision marks a huge blow not only to Davis and his family, but also to the larger human rights community that […]