Pandering Until the End
- Dr. Richard Eells became a criminal on a summer night in 1842 when he opened the door of his Quincy, Ill., home to a runaway slave named Charley and, instead of turning him in, tried to help him escape.
The attempt failed. Charley was recaptured, and Eells, found guilty of harboring, secreting and preventing the lawful retaking of a slave, was fined $400. Appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court were in vain.
History vindicated Eells long ago, but it wasn't until Wednesday that the law did the same. As part of a wide-ranging clemency action, Gov. Pat Quinn formally pardoned Eells and two other 19th-century abolitionists convicted of assisting escaped slaves.
Quinn must have located the $80 billion dollars to repay the pension bankruptcy looming over everyone's head. Thank goodness there are no more pressing issues to deal with.
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