Shades of Mercy
Pardon Attorney Misrepresented Facts to White House in Clarence Aaron Case
by Dafna Linzer
ProPublica, Dec. 18, 2012, 11:59 a.m.
Clarence Aaron (Courtesy of PBS Frontline)
The U.S. Pardon Attorney failed to accurately share key information with the White House regarding a federal inmate seeking a commutation, the Justice Department’s Inspector-General concluded today in a detailed 20-page report. The findings determined that in overseeing the case of Clarence Aaron, the pardons attorney, Ronald L. Rodgers, engaged in “conduct that fell substantially short of the high standards expected of Department of Justice employees and the duty he owed the President of the United States.”
The inspector-general’s office said it was referring its findings regarding Rodger’s conduct “to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General for a determination as to whether administrative action is appropriate.”
The report also recommended that Rodger’s office begin reviewing files to locate “other instances” similar to the Aaron’s case “to ensure that the information provided to the White House,” in clemency decisions accurately reflects the facts.