The Supreme Court today gave its constitutionally required recommendation allowing Governor Gavin Newsom to pardon Monsuru Tijani for four different felony convictions over a 13-year period ending in 1999.

Because of a delay in the court acting, we thought there might be some resistance to this particular clemency recommendation request.  But today’s approval keeps Newsom’s streak intact:  the court has now signed off on all 13 of his requests.  He’s doing better than former Governor Jerry Brown, who had the court block 10 intended clemency grants.

We also thought the delay could indicate that the court, or one or more justices, might be writing an opinion to further explain its role in the clemency process.  Two years ago, the court sua sponte issued an administrative order on that topic, but the explanation seemed inadequate after the court made the 10 clemency rejections without stating any reasons.

As of now, no opinions have been made public.  This could change, however, because the clemency recommendation decision appeared on the court’s docket only a couple of hours ago.

[March 29 update:  Governor Newsom pardoned Tijani on March 27, along with 25 other clemency grants.  There have been no opinions or statements issued regarding Tijani.]