September 2, 2011: Illinois Governor Quinn grants 74 more clemencies/pardons
Governor Quinn (D-IL) has established a pattern of granting pardons around the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…and now, Labor Day.
On Friday, September 2, 2011, just as we started the long weekend in celebration of Labor Day, Governor Quinn granted 74 pardons. (He also denied 99 requests.)
According to leading pardon authority Professor P. S. Ruckman, Jr. of www.pardonpower.com, “Quinn has acted on a total of 1,529 clemency actions, denying 938 requests and granting 591 acts of clemency.”
When Governor Quinn took Governor Blagojevich’s seat, he inherited thousands of petitions for clemency that Blagojevich had simply ignored. As a result, Governor Quinn has been busy working through the backlog while petitions continue to arrive on his desk.
The Prisoner Review Board (the body that reviews petitions before they are sent to the Governor) hears petitions four (4) times a year. There are filing deadlines for each hearing date.
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* The terms “pardon” and “clemency” are used interchangeably. There are 3 types of clemency petitions: pardon (forgiveness of a crime), commutation of sentence (early release from prison), and reprieve (no longer in use since the death penalty was abolished in Illinois.)
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