The Brian Lehrer Show

The Movement to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

Monday, December 09, 2013

Oscar Lopez Rivera is a Puerto Rican nationalist who has been in prison for 32 years for "seditious conspiracy." Juan Gonzalez, co-host for "Democracy Now!" and columnist for The New York Daily News, talks about his case and why activists are pushing for President Obama to pardon Rivera so he can be released by Christmas. Rivera had refused a 1999 pardon from President Clinton.

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The Takeaway

Mississippi Pardons May Spark Manhunts

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mississippi's attorney general Jim Hood said Thursday that the state may have to issue a nationwide manhunt after four pardoned murderers left jail and "hit the road running." The four were among nearly 200 convicted criminals granted clemency by Governor  Barbour before he left office earlier this week. Why Barbour did this, and the legality of his selections, has been hotly debated by both members of the public and by victims' families.

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