Justice Anthony Kennedy, 2003.
Between 1885 and 1930 Presidents granted over 10,000 petitions for clemency.
During his 4 1/2 years in office, President Obama has granted 39 out of more than 10,000 petitions for pardons or clemency.
Mercy became a four letter word.
35 vs 15.
Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years this week for stealing and releasing to Wiki-leaks thousands of classified US government documents. Included in those documents was classified video showing military helicopters shooting at and murdering civilians in two vans, including two journalists from Reuters.
In 2008 Lt. Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years for murdering an unarmed Iraqi man. That sentence was later reduced to 15 years.
Kill an unarmed man and get 15 years.
Leak the video of the US military killing unarmed civilians and get 35 years.
Common sense and justice became catch-phrases and by-products of a corrupt military system turned on its ear.
GET IT IN WRITING
The Miami Dade SAO showed again why their word is NOT their bond and prosecutors are as trustworthy as those used car dealers that line SW 8th street.
Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens denied Cocaine Cowboy hit man Jorge Rivera Ayala's motion to enforce a verbal agreement to assist him in obtaining parole for his cooperation against Cocaine godmother Griselda Blanco.
From David Ovalle's article in the Herald:
But Assistant State Attorney Penny Brill, head of the office’s legal unit, pointed out in a hearing earlier this month that the plea deal only indicated that prosecutors “might” help Ayala if he cooperated.
No one should feel sorry for Ayala. He is a killer and deserves to spend his life in prison. But we didn't make a deal with him, the SAO did. They're the ones who got into bed with the devil.
What happened here? A killer got screwed. BFD.
But for now, the lesson is when you deal with the Dade SAO, never take them at their word. Get it in writing.
See you in court.