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PostObama's Midnight Pardons (David Duggan, USA, 01/19/17 4:08 am)
I'm surprised no one has commented on Obama's midnight pardons. After the Cubs had graciously pardoned BHO for his indiscretion of rooting for the White Sox during his entire political life when they visited the White House on Monday, Obama returned the favor by commuting the sentence of one other rival team member, Gangster Disciple Eric Wilson, who had been convicted as follows (from the White House's press release announcing the commutation):
Offense: Engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise; recruitment of employees under the age of 18 (two counts); distribution of a controlled substance (12 counts); use of a communication facility, namely a telephone, in the facilitation of a drug trafficking crime (17 counts); laundering of monetary instruments; possession and use of a firearm in the commission of a drug trafficking crime; Northern District of Illinois.
Sentence: Life plus five years' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (March 10, 1997).
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 424 months' imprisonment.
And to show that Obama is truly a multi-culturalist, regardless of the nationality of the team, he commuted the sentence of a Puerto Rican nationalist (otherwise a member of the FALN, which used to blow up buildings here and elsewhere). Again from the White House press release:
Oscar Lopez, a.k.a. Oscar Lopez-Rivera--Chicago
Offense: 1. Seditious conspiracy; interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence; possession of an unregistered firearm; carrying firearms during the commission of violent crimes; interstate transportation of firearms with the intent to commit violent crimes; interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle (four counts); Northern District of Illinois.
Conspiracy to escape, to transport explosives with intent to kill and injure people, and to destroy government buildings and property; aiding and abetting travel in interstate commerce to carry on arson (two counts); using a telephone to carry on arson (two counts); Northern District of Illinois.
Sentence: 1. 55 years' imprisonment (Aug. 11, 1981).
2. 15 years' imprisonment (consecutive) (Feb. 26, 1988).
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.
And to think we have only 48 hours left until we learn whether he'll pardon that Jeannie-come-lately Yankee fan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and that tamboura-playing Elvis fan, Rod Blagojevich.
Twenty-one years ago I was on trial representing another Gangster Disciple when Eric Wilson--a governor in that pyramidal organization--was found guilty of supervising a continuing criminal enterprise. His money-laundering offense was buying a tricked-out van with huge speakers with the proceeds of the GDs' illegally gained profits.
Regardless of the propriety of commuting the sentences of "non-violent" drug dealers, both Wilson and Lopez were found guilty of firearms offenses which make them dangers to society. I won't be sleeping any easier come May 17.
JE comments: Today is Obama's last full day as president. Pardoning seems to be a favorite activity of the lamest ducks. Both the convicts mentioned above must be getting long in the tooth--especially Lopez, who has been incarcerated for 35 years. Maybe--just maybe--they're rehabilitated?
There's a book to be written on eleventh-hour (or as David Duggan aptly phrases it, midnight) presidential pardons.