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Dispensing tough love at the Clemency Board



Steve Bousquet's weekly column:

For the first time as governor, Rick Scott sat in judgment of his fellow man Thursday. Scott chairs the Board of Executive Clemency, which meets four times a year and decides whether to grant pardons or to restore felons' civil rights.

Scott and his fellow board members — Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — had never undertaken this task, facing people who beg the state to forgive them for past transgressions.

In clemency cases, the governor's vote is more powerful than any of the others. He must be on the prevailing side in all votes, meaning he alone can deny a request. (full column here)

[Last modified: Monday, February 28, 2011 10:53am]


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