Perry Pardons 14

Following his yearly routine, Gov. Rick Perry granted pardons to 14 people on Friday, bringing his career total to roughly 200. Each of the cases was recommended to him, as the law requires, by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

While the pardons are certainly welcome news for the recipients, others have criticized the tradition of holiday clemency announcements, arguing that it trivializes an important executive responsibility.

"It makes the clemency function of the executive seem like a once-a-year event, while really it should be an ongoing function," said Scott Henson of the popular criminal justice blog Grits for ...

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