by Max Brantley
Gov. Mike Beebe's office sent out a round of pardons today and they fit the pattern of his tenure — only six granted among 59 applications and then only for relatively minor offenses. The six today were all related to minor drug convictions, the most recent nine years ago.
Has anybody been more grudging in use of the governor's clemency powers? Mike Huckabee's judgment failed him on more than one occasion in those he chose to favor with commutation, pardon or parole support, but I don't think that was always on account of helping the politically, religiously or otherwise well-connected. He demonstrated a belief in redemption that doesn't seem evident in the current administration's overly cautious approach.