Is President Bush set to unleash the power of the pardon? So far, he’s hardly used it. But:
that pattern could ease during the waning days of his term. People close to the process say lawyers with political connections increasingly have approached the White House directly to seek relief for their high-profile clients, including former junk-bond king Michael Milken, former U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego County), and John Walker Lindh, an American from Marin County who pleaded guilty to serving with the Taliban.
Milken I’d pardon in a heartbeat. The others? Not so much.