Jan. 18th, 2017

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In this case, the President effectively said "She's served enough time - let her out. Her sentence was too long." She will still have been convicted of a court martial offense and will always have a military dishonorable discharge on her record, which will, among other things, mean no Veteran's benefits. But at least she will no longer be held in a men's prison and be subject to military punishment. And I would expect she'll have little difficulty finding employment.

According to ClearUpMyRecord.com, "A pardon is meant to indicate forgiveness of a particular crime, either because a person was wrongfully convicted or the punishment was not appropriate for the crime committed. A commutation is a merciful act offered when it is determined that the penalty given was too harsh. A common use of commutation is to reduce a death penalty verdict to life in prison." I think this is clearly warranted in Chelsea Manning's case, although the amount of information leaked was huge and Wikileak's firehose distribution was it was insanely irresponsible (compared to the very circumspect release of Edward Snowden's information), I think a commutation is clearly proper.

Personally I wish Obama would commute Dylan Roof's death sentence to life imprisonment as it would be much tougher on the little martyr-wannabe. But that's the subject of another rant, and the little ass just isn't worth it.

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