I don’t get the whole thing with posthumous pardons. Doesn’t make sense to pardon someone after they have been dead for many years. I can understand a body of people realising they did wrong to a person, but saying sorry after death is kind of pointless. The reason for this post is that I came across this article from The Independent, a newspaper from the UK about Alan Turing receiving a royal pardon 61 years after he died:
Alan Turing’s code cracking helped the Allies beat Hitler in WWII. He also happened to be homosexual, which at the time was illegal and was prosecuted for “gross indecency” in 1952 and had to undergo hormone treatment as punishment. Everything he did before his conviction pretty much went out the window, his career was ruined and and he ended up committing suicide a couple years later.
Kind of sad when you think about it. I know that what happened to the guy back then was a sign of the times and that what he was overshadowed the fact that he was a war hero, but it is still very sad. For those who don’t know the story, look it up. It’s an interesting and depressing tidbit of history.