In the comments over at Paul Burka's shop, I offered my own view on the sentence commutations:
What's your opinion about the President's final act of clemency?
1) The BP agents committed a crime, covered it up, and deserved to be punished.
2) Their sentences were too long because of federal mandatory minimums sweepingly applied in an utterly undiscriminating fashion.
3) Therefore the commutations were justified based on the specifics of the cases, but
4) There are many, many thousands of similarly situated offenders who also received excessive, unfair prison terms under federal sentencing guidelines, so
5) It’s hypocritical to pick out two defendants whose commutations pander to Lou Dobbs and the right wing base while not applying the same principles of justice to others who are subject to indefensibly long mandatory minimums.