The governor offered no explanation for refusing Vaughn, a mentally disabled man who has been in prison for 30 years for a crime he did not commit
Great job illustrating the failures in the justice system. It’s really sad and frustrating that this has happened, especially with all the doubt you clearly presented. The politics of punishment strikes again.
When he was governor of Texas, GWB approached his use of the pardon power by saying that his role was to review the case and make sure that all proper procedure etc were followed. But that's literally the job of the courts. His job as governor was to dispense grace, not due process!
We need better politicians who understand the theory of government.
Hamilton #74 also thought that the pardon power should be used for, uh, sedition: to calm a populace closely divided in ways that would lead to criminal liability of the losing side. Nixon's pardon, in short. Although this would require that the losing side accepts its political loss, which is not the case for the J6 gang.