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Pardons & Commutations. When you know you are about to leave your job, you take it easy, give the bare minimum effort in perpetual IGAF mode but as President Barack Obama prepares to leave office Friday, he’s still hard at work. Yesterday afternoon, several more commutations were announced. Oscar Lopez Rivera, now 74, is a Puerto Rican nationalist and one of the leaders of the pro-Puerto Rican independence group FALN fighting for Puerto Rico’s independence, was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 1981 with 15 years added in after a failed escape attempt in 1988. Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton tweeted “It’ll be my honor to play Hamilton the night he goes.” Chelsea Manning, transgendered Army private who was born Bradley Manning and charged with leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010, will be freed on May 17 instead of her scheduled 2045 release. The commutation reduces Manning’s sentence but is not a pardon. Does this mean Edward Snowden or Julian Assange will turn themselves in as they previously vowed? The President has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 individuals – the most grants of commutation issued by any President in this nation’s history. When he leaves office Friday he will do it with a 60% approval rating….Read more
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