RADICALS: Commutation

The morning before he left for the West, President Harding considered the cases of 158 Federal prisoners and granted 44 commutations of sentence.

Among the cases (on which the President received reports from the Department of Justice) were those of 48 radicals convicted under wartime laws. The President commuted the sentences of 27 of these men, in 25 cases conditioned by good behavior, in two cases (of foreigners) conditioned by deportation. The President's action gives these men freedom but not citizenship.

Two protests at once went up from several organizations. The Joint Amnesty...

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