Governor Christie of New Jersey has commuted Brian Aitkin’s sentence:
Brian Aitken, who was convicted of illegally possessing two handguns he had legally purchased in Colorado, will be out of prison in time for Christmas.Gov. Chris Christie commuted Aitken’s sentence Monday, from seven years to time served, according to an order signed by the governor. It was Christie’s first commutation since taking office almost a year ago.
“We are overjoyed at the news,” his younger brother Robert Aitken said in an e-mail. “It’s been an extremely emotional time and we all had our own doubts at one time or another I’m sure. I was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst — for this to be the first battle of a long war to get him out of jail.”
We wrote at some depth about this case last week. It was as gross a miscarriage of justice as I’ve personally seen.
Still, there is room for improvement. It was a commutation, not a pardon, so Aitkin still has the conviction on his record. I have no idea how he needs to go about clearing his record and getting exonerataed for this shameful abuse of judicial power.
But that’s what real justice would require.
Well, that and putting that scumbag former “Judge” James Morley in jail. Morley refused to allow the jury to consider the relevant federal laws that would have gotten Aitken acquitted, or gotten the entire case dismissed. Morley, like all such globs of semi-human pus, should be put cuffed and hauled off – preferably with great violence or at least humiliation – to rot in jail for every single day he stole from Mr. Aitken’s life. Plus one.
That would be justice.