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Reader's View: How about pardons for the voiceless?

It's interesting to observe President Donald Trump issuing pardons or intimating that pardons may be forthcoming for varieties of high-profile wrongdoing, those in line for pardons often backed by celebrities or political powerhouses. Examples include contemptuous Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, lawyer Scooter Libby, early 20th century boxing championship Jack Johnson, and homemaker media maven Martha Stewart.

The president seems to base these exercises of his executive authority on his personal view that those he's considering pardoning were unfairly treated by the judicial system, something he says is also occurring to him.

But what about the many low-profile or no-profile individuals who have been treated with equal or greater inequity but don't have the cache of supporters like Sylvester Stallone or Kim Kardashian or other high-rollers or political elites?

If the president was really concerned about rectifying inequitable treatment in the judicial process, rather than glitzy photo opportunities, appeals to his political base, or dog whistles to his aides facing legal jeopardy, he could consider pardons or clemency to the voiceless or powerless individuals, often disproportionately racial or ethnic minorities who are every bit as deserving of presidential lenity as these more-renowned wrongdoers.

Marshall Tanick

Minneapolis

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