Chirafis Pardon Letter

Posted on December 14th, 2017

About that "fake news" letter where Distict Attorney Abel Reyna-- on official letterhead-- requested a pardon for a convicted felon who happened to be the nephew of one of his major donors:

Chirafis pardon request

Maybe Chirafis is just a guy who made some mistakes. Perhaps he is a prime candidate for a pardon. Justice allows for such considerations.

But is it justice when the pardon is requested, in violation of office policy, for a felon whose family that has contributed thousands of dollars for the public official making the request-- while other, less connected felons suffer for life under the weight and shame of their sentence?

Don't we have a different word for that?

Bribery