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President Barack Obama handed out pardons and commutations at a lower rate than any of his recent predecessors, a ProPublica analysis shows.

President Obama, who has granted clemency at a lower rate than any modern president, has denied pardons for hundreds of applicants. He has parceled out forgiveness far more rarely than his recent predecessors, pardoning just 22 individuals while denying 1,019. Read more» 2

Clarence Aaron was sentenced to three life terms in federal prison without parole for abetting a drug conspiracy. In 2001, he applied for a presidential commutation, an act of clemency he came closer to receiving than he or his advocates knew.

The case of rejected presidential pardon applicant Clarence Aaron illuminates the extraordinary, secretive powers wielded by the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the branch of the Justice Department that reviews commutation requests. Read more»

Since 2000, 196 members of Congress have written to the pardons office on behalf of more than 200 donors and constituents. Many of the letters urged the White House and the Justice Department to take special note of felons whom lawmakers described as close friends. Read more»

White criminals seeking presidential pardons over the past decade have been nearly four times as likely to succeed as minorities. Blacks have had the poorest chance of receiving the president's ultimate act of mercy. Read more»

An Army National Guardsman mans her post over the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay detention facility Jan. 7. A recent report reveals that an al-Qaeda operative reportedly detained and taken to the facility. Hassan Ghul is considered a 'ghost detainee.'

Human rights groups say Hassan Ghul, who was reportedly taken to Guantanamo Bay in 2007, is considered a 'ghost detainee.' Read more»