Read the court papers to overturn conviction

New York Times, O'Hara Turns The Tables on Hynes
New York Times

Clear John O'Hara's Wrongly Stained Record
New York Daily News

Did Joe Hynes cross ethical lines?
Brooklyn Ron

Voting is a right, not a crime
Times Union

Begging the gov's pardon for John O'Hara
New York Daily News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should pardon political-vendetta victim John O'Hara
New York Daily News

Gov. Paterson's final interview about the O'Hara pardon

Gov. Paterson commuted John White’s prison sentence, now he must pardon John O’Hara
New York Daily News

A Life in Court: Friendship and Corruption Inside the Brooklyn System
The Brooklyn Ink, Alysia Santo

Gov. Paterson, pardon John O'Hara!
Time Union, David Kaczynski

Casting a vote made me a felon: As I later learned, the charges against me were fueled by politics
NY Daily News, John O'Hara

The Ballad of John Kennedy O'Hara
Bay Ridge Interpol

A voter, a felon and a lawyer
Times Union

Pardon him, sir: Paterson should clear Brooklyn man of the crime of voting
NY Daily News

Go, Alvin, Go!
Room Eight, John O'Hara

Pardon him, Governor: Brooklyn victim of political persecution should be exonerated
NY Daily News

D.A. Hynes and the Residency Meltdown
Room Eight, Vincent Nunes

Voting Isn't A Crime
New York Daily News

A Voting Outrage
Times Union, Albany

Triple Jeopardy
New York Sun

Hitting'em Where They Live
New York Daily News

Residency Redefined Under the Election Law
New York Law Journal

Voters As Convicts
Times Union, Albany

Brooklyn Eagle Cartoon

No Excuse for Slick Rick Pardon
New York Daily News


No Excuse for Pardon

New York Daily News
May 28, 2008


Rapper Ricky (Slick Rick) Walters has come a long way since he shot two men in the Bronx in 1991 and served five years on a guilty plea to attempted murder. He is, by all accounts, a reformed man who counsels youth to avoid violence.

And Gov. Paterson has exercised an extraordinary power — pardon power — to help Walters avoid deportation to Britain, the country of his birth.

Paterson erred. Gubernatorial pardons are properly used for correcting miscarriages of justice, such as former Gov. George Pataki's posthumous exoneration of comedian Lenny Bruce on an unwarranted obscenity conviction.

Pardons are not intended to help felons escape the consequences of their actions — except where they are grossly excessive. That's not so with Walters, who long battled deportation and will use the pardon to aid his fight.

Yes, he'd be returned to a country he left at age 11, and his wife and two teenage children would suffer hardships. But so do the families of thousands of immigrants who are deported based on criminal convictions without having the celebrity and resources to convince a governor that they deserve breaks, too.