American Idol Top 12: While some of the American Idol men struggled their first night before a live audience, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, and Scotty McCreery deliver solid performances. And, Idol adds online vote to America's ballot options.
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.
The pop star left $500 million in debt and plenty of assets, but his posthumous branding could ultimately determine his legacy.