Pardon Me, Sir, Could You Spare a Little Mercy?
On Friday, President Obama pardoned 17 people. But despite the new pardons, the Obama administration has still granted clemency more rarely than any president in recent history.
Indeed, the day before the pardons were announced, a Department of Justice spokesman said, Obama had denied 314 other applicants.
A ProPublica analysis of Justice Department statistics last November found that Obama had granted pardons at a lower rate than Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or George W. Bush had at the same point in their administrations.
Obama has now granted a total of 39 pardons and denied 1,333.