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CUA Law professor Cara Drinan was quoted in a Bloomberg News article discussing the methodology in Trump's pardon process.

Trump’s Pardons Quicker Than Obama’s, But ‘Haphazard’

By: Jordan S. Rubin
Date: July 31, 2018
From: Bloomberg News 

“What’s been noteworthy of the track record that Trump has to date is this lack of apparent methodology,” Cara Drinan, another professor who studies clemency, told Bloomberg Law. 

“He appears to not pay close attention to the Department of Justice guidelines,” she said, including, for pardons, waiting five years after a conviction and showing evidence of rehabilitation.

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“Her case is a perfect example of a case that’s ripe for commutation,” Drinan, who teaches at Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, said. “She had already served more than two decades for a non-violent drug offense.”

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“It’s troubling to me that her case only came to the president’s attention because of the efforts of a reality TV star,” Drinan said. “This is not supposed to be a willy-nilly process.”

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Cara Drinan  

Professor Cara H. Drinan's
Areas of Expertise

Access to counsel

Indigent defense

Structural litigation


Death Penalty

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