Obama Commutes Sentence Made Longer By Typo

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama used the unique power of the nation’s highest office Tuesday to correct a typo.

The error was made in a report used to sentence convicted drug dealer Ceasar Cantu of Katy, Texas, and resulted in 3 1/2 extra years being added to his prison term.

Obama took the extraordinary step of commuting Cantu’s sentence from 15 years to 11 1/2 years. It’s only the 10th time Obama has used his power to cut the sentence of federal inmates.

U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser, who sits on the bench in Danville, Va., last year dismissed Cantu’s request to reduce his time because it wasn’t filed within the one-year statute of limitations and his lawyer didn’t object at the 2006 sentencing.

The White House said Obama decided to grant clemency because it was the only way to correct the mistake. “Given the circumstances of this case…

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