Ronald Goldfarb

Ronald Goldfarb is a Washington, D.C., attorney and author of 12 books, including After Conviction: A Review of the American Correction System. He edited and contributed to After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age. He was a prosecutor in the Justice Department under Robert F. Kennedy.

Recent Articles

A Just Conclusion in the Snowden Case

Edward Snowden deserves a plea bargain that balances his interests with those of the U.S. government.

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(Photo: Christian Charisius/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) A s we approach the end Barack Obama's presidency, he, like other presidents before him, will have a final look at the possible use of clemency—his commutation and pardon powers—to correct past injustices. Recently, Obama pardoned 78 convicts, and commuted the sentences of 153 federal inmates, bringing the total to 1,324—reportedly the largest number of commutations by any president in our history. Unlike some presidents who issued “last-minute” pardons for cynical reasons (favors to political or financial friends), Obama has used his clemency powers to alleviate broad injustices resulting from our harsh nonviolent drug laws. In contrast to his merciful acts in those notorious cases, it is unlikely that Obama will pardon Edward Snowden, though his supporters are arguing that doing so would correct his administration’s excessive use of the sedition laws. Even Eric Holder, Obama’s friend and former Attorney General, now agrees...