Report: Justice’s pardon attorney misadvised White House on clemency bid

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On Sept. 30, 1993, a jury found Aaron guilty on all counts.

In late May 2008, Aaron filed a motion for resentencing in Judge Charles S. Butler’s court. While the judge denied the motion, he wrote, “Looking through the prism of hindsight, and considering the many factors argued by the defendant that were not present at the time of his initial sentencing, one can argue that a less harsh sentence might have been more equitable.”

On Nov. 25, 2008, U.S. Attorney Deborah Rhodes wrote to the Justice Department, saying she “agree[d] that Aaron should receive a commutation of his life sentence.” She recommended that Aaron be resentenced to a term of 25 years, saying he should “be resentenced to a substantial term of incarceration but not to a life sentence.”

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