Will Barack Obama go down in history as our least merciful president? As he began his second term, writes Jacob Sullum, this reputedly progressive and enlightened man had a strong shot at winning that dubious distinction. December, a traditional season for presidential clemency, came and went, and Obama had granted just one commutation (which shortens a prisoner's sentence) and 22 pardons (which clear people's records, typically after they've completed their sentences). His first-term record looks weaker than those of all but a few previous presidents.
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Jonathan Vanderhagen believes a judge doomed his son to an early death. The judge says Vanderhagen's Facebook posts were intimidating.
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Fines continued to pile up for almost a decade.
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