By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: April 29, 2008
A top drug prosecutor, Ronald L. Rodgers, has been named to lead the Justice Department office that recommends presidential pardons. Mr. Rodgers, chief of the department’s Drug Intelligence Unit and a former Marine Corps lawyer, will fill a post vacated by Roger Adams, who had been accused of racism and mismanagement. The pardon attorney’s office reviews more than 1,000 applications for clemency each year. It had an estimated backlog of 3,055 applications as of Oct. 1, up from 2,255 a year earlier, according to data in the Bush administration’s 2009 budget request
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