Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Old military justice hand serving as Pardon Attorney

A while ago, the No Man noticed the surprisingly large percentage of presidential pardons that have arisen from court-martial convictions. We've discussed that phenomenon here and here.

Today we learned something we probably should have already known: the Pardon Attorney is former Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary Deputy Chief Judge Ron Rodgers. (Well before serving as Deputy Chief Judge, he was also one of my instructors at Naval Justice School.) h/t mth.

We'll monitor whether Rodgers remains as Pardon Attorney in the Obama Administration. It would be particularly interesting having a former military judge in that position were Ronald Gray to lose his habeas case and ask the President to commute his death sentence.

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