Tennessee. Minnesota. Texas.
In the Texas case, it must be mentioned that the story has been featured prominently on the execrable Tucker Carlson's show, and that as soon as he called for a pardon, his lapdog, Governor Abbott, echoed Carlson's words.
How in the world is it the job of a governor to substitute his "questions" about a trial verdict for the judicial process, any more than it is the job of Jordan to interfere with a criminal prosecution. Once the "questions" have been addressed on appeal, if the person with pardon power still disagrees, or even supports pardoning for other reasons than an "innocence" he perceives, then he can pardon. The pardon can be based on nothing more than the idea that the next Ted Bundy's grandmother was a friend of the governor--nothing can stop the pardon. But to stop the PROCESS is not just a norm broken. It is a full out executive branch attack on the judicial system.
Welcome to the world of Trump. Your enemies are anyone who disagrees with you and they must be punished. The "right" is never wrong and the "left" is never right. Authoritarianism is the new norm and individual freedom is only for those who agree with you. Can you imagine what this country will be like if Trump wins in 2024? God help us all. And I am speaking as a former Republican who had never voted for a Democrat in my life until 2020.
All three examples are troubling to me, but the one done by Democrats in MN bothers me the most. I live in Texas and wish the voters had ousted Abbott, but he's not doing anything that I don't expect from Republicans all across the country.
I do expect Democrats to keep political considerations out of the realm of justice. Either we believe in the Rule of Law and results of elections - even local DA offices - or we don't.
If we don't stand up for what we believe in, if we don't hold our elected officials to the same standards we believe Republicans should hold to, then how can we convince voters of the rightness of our cause?
>In Minnesota, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz took a case away from recently elected Hennepin County Mary Moriarty, also a Democrat, on April 6 and gave it to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, also a Democrat, at Ellison’s request.
Might be worth researching other instances where this exact action has been undertaken in this exact county of this exact state.
I find the inclusion of the Minnesota case to be weak, at best, with a tenuous connection to the destruction of democracy or democratic norms.