Case of the Speluncean Explorer, In Real Life – Federal Judge Asks President To Grant Clemency

April 30th, 2014

Judge Friedman’s opinion, asking President Obama to grant clemency to a defendant in a drug case, is right out of The Case of the Speluncean Explorers:

The Court continues to believe that Byron McDade is a prime candidate for executive clemency. The sentence this Court was required to impose on Mr. McDade was unjust at the time and is “out of line” with and disproportionate to those that would be imposed under similar facts today. While the Court is powerless to reduce the sentence it was required by then- existing law to impose, the President is not. The Court urges Mr. McDade’s appointed counsel to pursue executive clemency on Mr. McDade’s behalf so that justice may be done in this case.