Madison
41° F
Clear
Clear
Advertisement

We Beg Your Pardon

Published On: Jan 22 2014 05:50:59 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 11:32:33 AM CST
Neil Heinen photo

We assume Governor Walker has been too busy with his State of the State message to respond to the growing number of people asking him to reconsider his un-feeling, no-executive clemency policy. But with the annual address behind him perhaps he would be willing to either defend his extreme position or thoughtfully change it.


The case that has prompted the most recent criticism of Walker’s stand on pardons is that of a decorated Iraq war vet who was charged with a felony for his role in a fight two days after he returned from service. That charge, for a broken nose, stands in the way of this guy becoming a police officer. Every bit of evidence suggests he’d be a great cop.


There was a terrific op-ed piece in Tuesday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by former judge and chief of staff to Governor Tommy Thompson, Ed Marion. Marion correctly points out that executive clemency is part of the criminal justice system and “a compassionate society’s last chance to see that justice has been done.” We’ve always admired Marion. We’d like to think Walker could understand the wisdom of Marion’s words and the unfair and unreasonable inflexibility of his own.

 

 

Advertisement
  • jack-o-lantern Halloween pumpkin

    Juliet James/SXC

    Halloween

    Games, recipes, trick-or-treating, scary movies and everything else you need to make your Halloween extra spooky.

  • Politician, politics, debate, election

    iStock / bns124

    Election Coverage

    Get up-to-date on political stories, Reality Check the latest political ads, learn about the candidates and find election results in our special section.

  • Ebola virus pink

    CDC

    Ebola special coverage

    Get the latest news on the Ebola outbreak and resources to help you learn more about the deadly virus.

Advertisement