Friday, May 28, 2004

The party of law and order?

Yeah, that would be the Republicans.

UPDATE: There was so much possible commentary on the sheer hypocrisy of this article that I thought it was just best to supply the link and let others figure it out for themselves.

But there's one point that might not be that obvious. From the article:

"The pardons released today are those that were issued by the governor but did not go through the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Janklow sealed the most pardons - 91 - in 2002 during his last term as governor, records show. Sixty-one of those pardons came in his last four months as governor.

450 pardons were filed with the Secretary of State during this time period. 232 of these pardons will remain sealed as allowed by law and ordered by the governor who issued the pardon. Those are pardons that followed the proper channels of public notification when they were signed."

Pardons that "did not go through the Boards of Pardons and Paroles"? Under the circumstances, then, doesn't that make them technically worthless? The consequences for the allegedly pardoned could be devastating. Of course, all of this could have been avoided had Janklow not been such an ignorant incompetent:

"I've been a lawyer since 1966, and I had never, ever looked at the (pardon) statutes," [Janklow] said.

What a complete dipshit. I wonder if those folks have the grounds for a class-action lawsuit.

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