As one of his last major presidential actions, President Barack Obama granted a final round of commutations and pardons Jan. 19 for hundreds of federal prisoners serving mandatory sentences — a number of clemency grants that far exceeds that of any U.S. president since President Harry Truman.
“Proud to make this one of my final actions as President. America is a nation of second chances, and 1,715 people deserved that shot,” Obama tweeted.
Steven Rayford Moore, a nonviolent, low-level drug offender serving a 30-year sentence for drug possession was one of the 330 prisoners who received commutation by the president on his last day in office — a number higher than any other president has ever granted in a single day.
Moore was represented by Kira Suyeishi, an associate at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe. Suyeishi practices commercial litigation and regulatory law and performed pro bono work through Clemency Project 2014, a clemency initiative that recruits attorneys from all practices to represent federal prisoners serving mandatory-minimum sentences pro bono in an effort to reduce their sentences.