, the cryptographer and mathematician whose work was credited with shortening the Second World War, has been pardoned
Turing, a gay man, was convicted of gross indecency following consensual sex with a man in 1952. Ordinarily, a pardon will only be granted if the person is believed to have been innocent of the offence and the request is made by a family member. Turing met neither criteria, but his application was supported by a petition of over 37,000 people.
Of course, this comes far too late for Turing, who poisoned himself over 60 years ago at the age of 41. (previously
posted by tim_in_oz
on Dec 23, 2013 -
In 2004, Gurgen Margaryan (from Armenia) and Ramil Safarov (from Azerbaijan) were in Budapest attending a NATO-sponsored language training. While Margaryan was sleeping, Safarov hacked him to death with an axe. Safarov, who never denied his culpability and stated he only committed the crime because Margaryan was Armenian, was sentenced to life in prison in 2006. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg
on Sep 10, 2012 -
Bill Clinton Op-Ed
on the Marc Rich pardons: "I want every American to know that, while you may disagree with this decision, I made it on the merits as I saw them, and I take full responsibility for it".
posted by owillis
on Feb 18, 2001 -