Two WVU Law Clinic clients await word on clemency before end of Obama Administration

MORGANTOWN – While Jan. 20 will bring an end to President Barack Obama’s second term, criminal justice reform advocates are waiting to see if it also brings an end to the federal clemency initiative he launched in 2014. 

“If the new president doesn’t carry on the initiative, it means thousands of petitions that meet clemency criteria will never be reviewed,” Valena Beety, associate professor of law at West Virginia University College of Law, recently told  The  West Virginia Record

Two prisoners awaiting clemency, Bryant Cook and Andre Scales, are clients of the college’s Clinical Law Program.  

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