January 26, 2015
Amy Povah, founder of CAN-DO; P.S. Ruckman, a pardon expert, and Sam Morison, former Pardon Staff Attorney for 13 years, who are both members of the CAN-DO advisory board, contributed to this NYTs online debate about “the purpose of pardons.”
Using Mark Wahlberg’s request for a pardon as a magnet to focus on the pardon process the New York Times asked CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah to weigh in with five additional experts on the subject of “when and how” pardons should be granted. This spurred an “on-line discussion” in which the expert, or “debaters” were encouraged to engage with the readers.
“For starters, the Pardon Office should not answer to the Department of Justice. It’s a conflict of interest for Justice to act as gatekeeper over the very cases they prosecuted, especially when and if malfeasance occurred by an overzealous prosecutor. But since this will likely never change, my bigger concern is with who deserves pardons.” Read Amy’s Opinion