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Friday, August 14, 2015

The Quality of Mercy

Here's President Obama defending his commutation of the sentences of 46 prisoners--non-violent drug offenders:



The President sounds a defensive note in justifying this act, but he should be applauded fir it. Yes, it's risky. Yes, one or more could reoffend, and make the President look bad.

But this is leadership. Exercising the prerogative of mercy.

And the story of Rudolph Norris--who worked to better himself, was represented by a highly motivated young law student--who says my tribe never gets it right?--is worth your attention.

The President seems to have chosen wisely here. But the choosing is critical, whatever the result.

Hope and prayers for Mr. Norris as he discovers the modern age, and finds a place in it.

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