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  • Who got pardons or clemency in 2010? A surprise list of people and animals.

    Who got pardons or clemency in 2010? A surprise list of people and animals.

    In America, second chances are, if not quite a constitutional right, a cherished value. And the power of presidents and governors to pardon lawbreakers and commute sentences can take on special significance. Such enormous executive powers are often misused, critics say, but they can also provide snapshots of Americans' political and cultural priorities. Many pardons occur around Christmas, in a nod to the spirit of the season. Also, around that time, many American's aren't paying much attention to the news – and some outgoing leaders are making their final decisions. Here are the Top 6 cases of pardon or clemency in 2010.

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  • Who got pardons or clemency in 2010? A surprise list of people and animals.

    Who got pardons or clemency in 2010? A surprise list of people and animals.

    In America, second chances are, if not quite a constitutional right, a cherished value. And the power of presidents and governors to pardon lawbreakers and commute sentences can take on special significance. Such enormous executive powers are often misused, critics say, but they can also provide snapshots of Americans' political and cultural priorities. Many pardons occur around Christmas, in a nod to the spirit of the season. Also, around that time, many American's aren't paying much attention to the news – and some outgoing leaders are making their final decisions. Here are the Top 6 cases of pardon or clemency in 2010.

  • Photographers and police: a First Amendment clash

    Photographers and police: a First Amendment clash

    Photographers have been arrested, had camera equipment seized, and seen memory cards deleted by police officers. Is it harassment or protecting public safety?

  • How Cambridge police stared down a president

    How Cambridge police stared down a president

    The police union's combative press conference Friday was an example of how the profession closes ranks in times of trouble.

  • Beyond Gates arrest, a growth of police power

    Arrests of those who challenge police authority are not uncommon, say civil libertarians.

  • Military precision of Florida slaying is worrisome, analysts say

    Military precision of Florida slaying is worrisome, analysts say

    Of seven suspects now in custody, some had 'prior military background.' The case points to criminals' growing adoption of police and military tactics.