Pardon Attorney Quits; DOJ Vows Expanded Office Will Tackle Backlog

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The Justice Department official overseeing President Obama’s drive to commute the sentences of drug offenders serving long prison terms is resigning, Politico reports. Pardon Attorney Deborah Leff took the job in April 2014. Under Leff’s tenure, the pace of commutations has picked up significantly. A backlog of clemency applications also has mushroomed under an initiative
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