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  • Clinton’s Pardons for Pedophiles: No crime too horrific that a large donation won’t solve.

    10/24/2014 8:51:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Office of the Inspector General of the State Department found in its latest investigation that Clinton aides had “created an appearance of undue influence and favoritism” in a number of cases including that of Ambassador Howard Gutman. The investigation is largely a whitewash. There is no mention of the fact that one whistleblower related to the case, Richard Higbie, had his emails deleted by a hacker. Or that the main whistleblower, Aurelia Fedenisn, was harassed at home and had her law firm burgled.It goes almost without saying that Richard Nixon went down for much less than that.There is also...
  • The Nixon pardon 40 years later: The decision looks better and better with age

    09/09/2014 8:21:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/09/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    It was President Ford’s biggest and most courageous decision.  It probably hurt the GOP in the 1974 midterm elections. In fact, I was a college volunteer on some campaigns in that election. The party people that I was listening to agreed with the pardon but screamed the same question: "Why didn't he do it after the election"? Many in the GOP correctly felt that the new Ford presidency would spare them the Watergate backlash and 6th year losses.   And it probably cost him the very close presidential election of 1976. The pardon was used by the Carter campaign to promote their campaign of...
  • The American Flag Daily: Birth Of Gerald Ford

    07/14/2014 7:09:26 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 14, 2014 | JasonZ
    The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, was born on this date in 1913 in Nebraska, and was the first person to hold the office of President of the United States without receiving any electoral votes - he had been appointed to the Vice Presidency in December, 1973 following the resignation of Spiro Agnew, and assumed the Presidency in August, 1974 following Richard Nixon's resignation. An Eagle Scout and longtime congressman from Michigan, he was also the last surviving member of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of President Kennedy. Today, we raise the Michigan state...
  • A pardon for Bowe Bergdahl?

    06/08/2014 11:31:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 8, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    When Bowe Bergdahl was first released, the administration’s line seemed to be that he had suffered enough as a Taliban prisoner, and thus that the U.S. would not likely punish him as a deserter even if that’s what he turned out to be. But as the deal came in for strong criticism and evidence mounted as to Bergdahl’s betrayal, the line changed. We were assured by the military that Bergdahl’s conduct would be investigated and, if misconduct were found, he would be subject to the military justice system. In the meantime, we should withhold judgment. But Bill Otis predicts that,...
  • White Privilege

    05/27/2014 5:01:51 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Front Page ^ | 5-26-14 | Walter Williams
    What would you think if your 8-year-old came home and told you that “white privilege is something that white people have, meaning they have an advantage in a lot of things and they can get a job more easily”? You would have heard that at the recent 15th annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, attended by 2,500 public-school teachers, administrators and students from across the nation (http://tinyurl.com/lkoqj9b). The average parent has no idea of the devious indoctrination going on in classrooms in many public schools. What follows are some of the lessons of the conference. In one of the...
  • US nun, 84, jailed for nuke protest

    02/19/2014 3:49:41 AM PST · by fruser1 · 33 replies
    The Belfest Telegraph / AP ^ | 19 February 2014 | AP
    An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a US nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws. Two other activists who broke into the facility with Megan Rice were sentenced to more than five years in prison yesterday, in part because they had much longer criminal histories of mostly non-violent civil disobedience... ...On July 28, 2012, the three activists cut through three fences before reaching a 548 million dollar (Ł328 million) storage bunker... ...They hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small...
  • Russia Drops Cases Against Greenpeace Activists

    12/25/2013 4:59:26 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 12 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/25/2013
    Russia began dropping cases on Wednesday against the Greenpeace activists, detained over a September protest staged at a Russian Arctic oil rig, as part of a broad prison amnesty approved by state lawmakers earlier this month. The St. Petersburg Investigative Committee had formally dismissed charges against at least 16 of the activists by Wednesday afternoon. All 30 are expected to be cleared by the end of the day. The activists should be able to go home within days once they receive exit visas.
  • UK finally pardons computer pioneer Alan Turing

    12/24/2013 7:16:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 24, 2013 8:43 AM EST | Raphael Satter
    Britain has tried to make good by one of its most famous sons, posthumously pardoning Alan Turing for a gay sex conviction which tarnished the brilliant career of the code breaker credited with helping win the war against Nazi Germany and laying the foundation for the computer age. One author said he hoped Tuesday’s symbolic act—the famous mathematician committed suicide more than 50 years ago—would send a message to countries such as India and Russia, where gays can still be prosecuted for expressing their sexuality. Others say the pardon doesn’t go far enough, noting that thousands of others shared in...
  • All Of President Obama’s Pardoned Turkeys Are Dead

    11/19/2013 11:42:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    US News ^ | November 19, 2013 | Nikki Schwab
    It’s that time of the year again folks, when two lucky turkeys come to Washington, spend time at a swanky hotel, get some facetime with President Obama at the White House, before spending the rest of their days at a historic Virginia farm. But those days are always short. Gobbler and Cobbler—last year’s set of turkeys who attended the annual Presidential Turkey Pardon—have both died, Whispers has learned. Gobbler, Cobbler’s understudy, died in February. … Cobbler, 2012’s official pardoned turkey, lived through the summer and was euthanized on Aug. 22. …
  • Chelsea Manning Seeks Presidential Pardon

    09/04/2013 7:07:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 4, 2013 | By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press
    Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for leaking reams of classified information that her lawyer says did not merit protection. The Pvt. Manning Support Network released documents Wednesday that defense attorney David Coombs filed a day earlier with the U.S. Justice Department and the Department of the Army.
  • Pedophile’s pardon embarrasses Spain, Morocco

    08/05/2013 2:35:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2013 4:47 PM EDT | Ciaran Giles and Barry Hatton
    Spain had a seemingly simple request for Morocco’s king: Pardon 18 Spaniards convicted in his country, and let 30 others return to Spain to serve out their prison terms. Instead, the monarch pardoned 48 Spanish prisoners, including a man convicted of raping children. … Police captured 63-year-old convicted pedophile Daniel Galvan Vina in southeastern Spain on Monday after he had nearly a week of freedom. Galvan had been convicted of raping 11 children and was serving a 30-year sentence in Morocco before the pardon came through. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI retracted his pardon of Galvan over the weekend, and Morocco,...
  • Full Faith and Credit, Pardons, and Gun Rights

    07/11/2013 5:54:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 10 July, 2013 | Eugene Volokh
    From Blackwell v. Haslam (Tenn. Ct. App. June 28, 2013) (paragraph breaks added): This appeal involves the Full Faith and Credit Clause and firearm rights. The petitioner was convicted of felony drug offenses in Georgia. The State of Georgia granted the petitioner a full pardon for his crimes; his Georgia pardon expressly restored his right to possess a firearm. The petitioner now resides in Tennessee. A Tennessee statute provides that it is a felony for a person who has been convicted of a felony drug offense to possess a firearm, and it does not make an exception for persons who...
  • Marc Rich dies at 78 in Switzerland

    06/26/2013 4:45:55 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 45 replies
    Fox News, AP ^ | June 26, 2013 | Fox News, AP
    Marc Rich, the trader known as the "King of Commodities" who was pardoned in 2001 by President Bill Clinton just hours before he left office, has died in Switzerland. He was 78. Rich's Israel-based spokesman Avner Azulay says Rich died Wednesday and will be buried in Israel on Thursday. Rich fled the United States to Switzerland in 1983 after being indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury on more than 50 counts of fraud, racketeering, trading with Iran during the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis and evading more than $48 million in income taxes Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/06/26/financier-marc-rich-who-fled-to-switzerland-in-183-and-was-pardoned-by-clinton/#ixzz2XK1P5Jvd
  • Upper Bow Section Placed on Gerald R. Ford Carrier

    Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Monday a milestone in the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) with the addition of the ship’s upper bow section at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) in Virginia. The upper bow completes the ship’s flight deck and extends the overall length of the carrier to its full size, which measures 1,106 feet. “Placement of the upper bow gives our entire shipbuilding team a great sense of accomplishment,” said Rolf Bartschi, NNS’ vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction. “We have now structurally erected the flight deck to its full length.” The 787 metric...
  • Barack Obama’s open mockery of the Sign of the Cross

    11/22/2012 6:32:26 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11-22-12 | Judi McLeod
    ‘Father Barack Obama‘ mocked the Sign of the Cross at the White House yesterday. It was an open mockery of the Christian prayer that is accompanied by the immortal words used by peasants and kings over the centuries: “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. Obama, who is left-handed, made the sign of the cross with his left hand, which out of respect for the centuries-long Christian practice, no one ever does. Obama’s left-handed sign of the cross was made over a gobbling turkey during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation Ceremony, that takes place at...
  • Obama absolves Thanksgiving turkey with the Sign of the Cross

    11/21/2012 11:54:53 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 167 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/21/2012 | Charlie Spiering
    While pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey today, President Obama absolved it with what he called a "special dispensation," making the Sign of the Cross over the gobbling turkey. It appears that Obama made a left handed, backward sign of the cross.
  • President's Power of Pardon

    11/04/2012 3:51:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    President Bill Clinton used his presidential pardon power in July 2000 to commute the sentence of Serena Nunn, who was sentenced to 15 years for a first-time nonviolent drug offense when she was 19. The pardon shaved three years off Nunn's sentence. Nunn told me over the phone, "I thought then that it was a great thing that a president used his power to help an average person." Nunn later graduated from college and then the University of Michigan Law School. Last month, having passed a character fitness test, Nunn passed the Georgia bar. On Monday, she will be sworn...
  • Question: Should President Romney Pardon Treasonist Barack Hussein Obama II, a.k.a. Barry Soetoro ?

    10/31/2012 5:35:02 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 79 replies
    Many Sources Linked In Article | Oct 31, 2012 | Yosemitest
    Question: Should President Romney Pardon Treasonist Barack Hussein Obama II, a.k.a. Barry Soetoro ? Oct 31, 2012 I say, "No ! He should NOT !" Yes, I'm serious. Article III, Section 3 of theU.S. Constitution states:Treason against the United States shall consist onlyin levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unlesson the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason,but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption...
  • WHAT SHE’S REALLY UP TO: something you miss if you buy the stupid “falling on the sword"..

    10/16/2012 1:17:59 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    Hillary Clinton is not a woman who falls on a sword for anyone...but she is someone who knows how to take center stage in the middle of a storm and loudly define herself as the only adult in the room...while all the men around her are emasculated and diminished by her presence. ] I love words and consider them tiny magical spells if strung together properly into well-crafted sentences. I’m a wordsmith and am fascinated by turns of phrase, especially ones that other conservative writers choose to use that I think are inappropriate in certain situations. Today, Ben Shapiro over...
  • Denise Rich selling NY's most expensive co-op for $65 million [Clinton pardon babe]

    01/27/2012 9:37:19 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/27/12
    It’s the city’s most expensive co-op apartment — and it can be all yours for a cool $65 million. Songwriter Denise Rich — ex-wife of presidential-pardon recipient Marc Rich — is putting her Fifth Avenue penthouse on the selling block. With such a staggering price tag, a buyer can expect a bit more than the basic luxury amenities. The digs are so expansive that Rich — who penned the lyrics to such hits as the Aretha Franklin-Mary J. Blige duet, “Don’t Waste Your Time,” and Mandy Moore’s “Candy” — once converted one of her three terraces into a professional-grade figure-skating...
  • Haley Barbour pardons: Why were the forgiven so disproportionately white?

    01/21/2012 7:59:23 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 21, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    The sheer number of pardons handed out by outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour – over 200 – left many Mississippians in shock. What may not have been so surprising is that white prisoners were four times more likely than black ones to get the gubernatorial benefit of the doubt. Out of a total of 222 acts of clemency given by Barbour during his tenure – 156 of which Attorney General Jim Hood has subsequently argued may be constitutionally invalid because of public notice violations – two-thirds benefited white prisoners. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the state's prison population is black. On its...
  • Outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour under fire after pardoning 4 killers

    01/10/2012 3:09:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1/10/12
    Outgoing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour under fire after pardoning 4 killersmsnbc.com staff and news service reports updated 1 hour 27 minutes ago JACKSON, Miss. — Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has pardoned at least four convicted killers who worked at the Governor's Mansion, including a man who was denied parole less than two weeks ago. Relatives of three victims told The Associated Press on Monday that state corrections officials notified them over the weekend that the convicts were to be released this past Sunday. Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who weighed a presidential run last year...
  • On way out, Mississippi governor pardons murderers

    01/09/2012 8:08:38 PM PST · by Baynative · 77 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/9/12 | Robbie Ward
    STARKVILLE, Miss., Jan 9 (Reuters) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardoned four convicted murderers who worked at the Governor's Mansion, releasing them from prison in the final days of his term in office, state officials said on Monday.
  • Top Terrorist's Pardon Cancelled

    12/29/2011 12:18:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    Israel has canceled the pardon of the former Fatah terror leader in Jenin, Zakaria Zubeidi, and instructed him to hand himself in to the Palestinian Authority (PA), he told Ma'an on Thursday. Zubeidi, who headed the Al-Aqsa Brigades during the murderous terror war launched by the PLO in 2000, told the PA-based news agency he had stuck to all the conditions of the amnesty deal granted him by Israel three years ago. However, he said, Israel informed PA security forces on Thursday that Zubeidi's pardon had been revoked, and that Israeli forces would detain him if he did not turn...
  • (vanity) Obama "Eric Holder, I forgive you"

    12/09/2011 5:32:01 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Isn't it entirely likely Obama will pardon Eric Holder for Fast & Furious sometime before he leaves office? Plus, how far reaching could Obama pardon citizens of the US? Carter pardoned all of those draft dodgers. Are there no restrictions on Obama?
  • Convicted murderer Troy Davis loses last ditch plea to prove innocence

    09/21/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:39 PM on 21st September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Georgia inmate Troy Davis's last-ditch request for a lie detector test to try to prove his innocence ahead of tonight's planned execution has been denied by Georgia Department of Corrections. Defence lawyer Stephen Marsh said he had hoped the polygraph would convince the state pardons board to reconsider a decision against clemency, which was rejected yesterday. Davis, 42, is scheduled to die at 7pm tonight. It is the fourth time in four years that Davis' execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.
  • Pardon of former governor to be heard next week (impeached by RATS in 1870 for fighting Klan)

    04/10/2011 5:58:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    WRAL ^ | 4/08/11 | GARY D. ROBERTSON
    Pardon of former governor to be heard next weekBy GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press Updated: 4:29 p.m. Friday RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers will try again to consider pardoning an ousted post-Civil War governor while meeting next week in the same historic building where the House impeached and the Senate convicted him after he sent troops to fight the Ku Klux Klan, a pardon sponsor said Friday. **SNIP** Holden, a Republican, was impeached in 1870 after he ordered a militia to quell activity by the KKK in Alamance and Caswell counties. He was convicted by the Democratic-controlled Senate in...
  • Tapes show ex-Gov. George Ryan 'didn't understand' pardon‎

    03/29/2011 5:11:51 AM PDT · by Charlemagne on the Fox · 4 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 28, 2011 | NATASHA KORECKI
    Imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan is known around the world for clearing Illinois’ Death Row in 2003 and imposing a moratorium on the death penalty. But the governor who pardoned more than 200 people admitted in a recently released court deposition that he “didn’t understand” the difference between two major types of pardons and that he was declaring a Chicago inmate innocent by the way he pardoned him . . .
  • Bernstein: Ford's Nixon Pardon 'Right Thing To Do'

    03/09/2011 5:20:44 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Just a minor historical footnote, but arguably an interesting one . . . A man whose Watergate reporting made his career and led to Richard Nixon's downfall has declared that Pres. Gerald Ford did the right thing in pardoning Nixon. Carl Bernstein made the--to me at least--surprising statement on today's Morning Joe, in the course of a discussion of Jeff Greenfield's new book about various what-ifs in history. View video here.
  • When a Governor Gets Guts…

    02/18/2011 3:55:11 PM PST · by jimjohn · 9 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Wisconsin: It’s game time. Brinkmanship. Call it what you want. But today, an elected Governor is forced to deal with a matter soon to hit other states if it hasn’t already. It is more than about unions. It is about America coming to terms with a long standing policy that has crippled states and even nations into bankruptcy: allowing a non-elected body to bypass a legislature and determine how much wealth they receive from a public treasury. Not to blemish his formerly hidden persona, the person who recently stated “We must live within our means” and “debate with a more...
  • Governor (Schwarzeneggar) reduces sentence of former Assembly speaker's son

    01/03/2011 8:12:58 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 3, 2011 | Evan Halper and Tony Perry
    On his final night in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced the prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuńez, Esteban Nuńez, who had pleaded guilty to participating in the killing of a college student. The governor also granted several other commutations and pardons and gave plum government appointments to political allies and the spouse of his chief of staff. Schwarzenegger announced the moves in a batch of eleventh-hour press releases e-mailed to reporters. Esteban Nuńez, now 21, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the stabbing death of Luis Santos. Schwarzenegger cut the...
  • Obama applauds Eagles for giving Michael Vick second chance (Obama supports dog killers)

    12/27/2010 10:51:42 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 145 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 12/27/10 | Miek Florio
    Though the Eagles didn’t have a chance to make news on the field tonight, they made some more news off the field. Peter King of NBC reported during Football Night in America that President Barack Obama recently called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to congratulate the team for giving quarterback Mike Vick a second chance. President Obama explained that a level playing field rarely exists for prisoners who have completed their sentences. Vick’s success gives all of them hope. In our view, Obama’s gesture also provides Vick with the kind of positive reinforcement that will help keep him out of any...
  • My life saved by Bill Clinton reprieve of 24-year sentence for crack

    12/22/2010 7:28:12 PM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | Kemba Smith Pradia
    Ten years ago, days before Christmas, President Bill Clinton changed my life forever. I was in federal prison, serving the seventh year of a 24-year sentence for a first-time nonviolent crack cocaine offense. Clinton's mercy and acknowledgement that my sentence was unjust led him to grant me a commutation. Had he not done so, I would be in prison until 2016...Indeed, I went to prison for being complicit in my abusive boyfriend's crack cocaine trafficking operation. Prosecutors in the case acknowledged that I never sold, handled or used any drugs.
  • Obama Pardons Largest Turkey Ever

    11/24/2010 3:09:45 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-24-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • It's Time To Pardon Carbon -- CO-2's bad rep is undeserved.

    11/10/2010 10:12:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10.28.10, 12:00 PM EDT | Larry Bell,
    It's high time we recognize that carbon dioxide has been treated unfairly. Not only have the good deeds of that wonderful molecule so essential to rain forests, begonias and plants that feed God's creatures been ignored, it has even come to be demonized as an endangering pollutant and climate-ravaging menace. What real evidence has been offered up to support these defamatory charges? Absolutely none. Take the EPA's CO-2 endangerment finding, for example. Shrouded under the ever- expanding blanket of the Clean Air Act, it is being applied to validate an unprecedented regulatory takeover of carbon-emitting energy and construction industry permitting....
  • Jim Morrison Could Get a Posthumous Pardon

    11/09/2010 7:01:49 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    NewsCore (Fox News) ^ | November 9, 2010
    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is said to be considering a posthumous pardon for Jim Morrison -- The Doors singer charged with indecent exposure in 1969 following a concert in Miami -- in the months remaining in his term, The Hill newspaper reported Monday.
  • Clinton Wedding Raises Questions of Interfaith Marriage

    07/29/2010 8:43:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2010 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Click here to find out more! When asked about the significance of her daughter, Chelsea, marrying Marc Mezvinsky, who is Jewish, and thus being married in an interfaith union, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded, “Over the years, so many of the barriers that prevented people from getting married, crossing lines of faith or color or ethnicity have just disappeared.” True, the barriers have disappeared, but serious difficulties remain. While some scholars argue that mixed-faith unions “serve as a refiner’s fire” that make the relationships stronger, the statistical evidence indicates this is all too frequently not the outcome. The American...
  • Texas gov. gives copy of pardon to man's family

    03/19/2010 6:59:07 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 5 replies · 401+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 19 | ANGELA K. BROWN
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The family of a Texas man who died while imprisoned for a rape he didn't commit cried and hugged at his graveside Friday with a framed copy of the state's first posthumous pardon - a document that finally proves his innocence. Gov. Rick Perry granted Timothy Cole's pardon nearly three weeks ago. He gave Cole's relatives the pardon document earlier Friday at a Fort Worth hotel, completing their long-fought ordeal.
  • Wrongly Convicted Fort Worth Man gets State's First Posthumous Pardon (Died in Prison)

    03/01/2010 2:04:45 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 26 replies · 920+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | 2/28/2010 | ANNA M. TINSLEY
    More than a decade after he died in prison, Fort Worth’s Tim Cole – wrongly convicted of rape – finally received a pardon from the state. Gov. Rick Perry sent out a statement saying that he gave Cole the state’s first posthumous pardon, saying he was innocent of the rape conviction that put him behind bars more than 25 years ago. “I have been looking forward to the day I could tell Tim Cole’s mother that her son’s name has been cleared for a crime he did not commit,” Perry said in a written release. “The state of Texas cannot...
  • Huckabee Was Correct and America Needs Such Principled Leadership

    12/05/2009 11:19:27 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 287 replies · 4,432+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | 12/06/2009 | Yomin Postelnik
    There is currently a move underway to discredit Mike Huckabee over the rightful pardoning of a then 16 year old who had been sentenced to 108 years on robbery charges. I make this statement as someone who fully supports the death penalty for murderers and for child rapists, but also as someone who recognizes that getting tough on crime means fostering sensible rehabilitation, not turning first time offenders into violent career criminals. Yes, Governor Huckabee pardoned more people than most governors do. That’s because Gov. Huckabee isn’t thoughtless, callous or cruel and recognizes that public service actually entails service to...
  • WASHINGTON STATE COP KILLER TRAGEDY, BY MIKE HUCKABEE

    12/02/2009 3:23:20 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 39 replies · 1,375+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | December 2, 2009 | Governor Mike Huckabee
    The senseless and savage slaying of 4 police officers in Lakewood, Washington has raised many questions as to why the alleged murderer was even on the streets. My name has figured prominently in many of the stories because I commuted his 108 year sentence to a term of 47 years back in 2000. I take full responsibility for my decision then. Unfortunately, many of my fellow conservatives don’t seem to want to take responsibility for the facts surrounding the case. The Maurice Clemmons presented in a commutation request in the year 2000 was much different than the one who is...
  • President Obama Pardons Turkey Name "Courage", Pictures

    11/25/2009 3:50:39 PM PST · by Biggirl · 23 replies · 968+ views
    http://www.upi.com ^ | Novemver 25, 2009 | Biggirl
    President Obama Pardons Turkey U.S. President Obama waved his hand over Courage the turkey Wednesday, pardoning the bird from being the guest of honor on someone's Thanksgiving Day table. "I hereby pardon Courage so he can live out his days in peace and tranquility" in Disneyland, where he also will serve as grand marshal Thursday in the Orlando, Fla., theme park's Thanksgiving Day parade. Obama said he was showing mercy to the 45-pound bird at the behest of first daughters Sasha and Malia because "I was planning to eat this sucker."
  • Presidential Turkey Pardon

    11/24/2009 5:00:40 PM PST · by SwaggerStick · 4 replies · 575+ views
    The traditional presidential pardon of a turkey will be a little different this year. The turkey pardoned will most likely be Cold Cash Jefferson.
  • McCain presses Obama to pardon black boxer [Obama ignores McCain when he's not useful]

    10/16/2009 12:17:13 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 1,438+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-16
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain on Friday pressed President Barack Obama to give a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight boxing champion who was imprisoned nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman. McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., noted in a letter to Obama that both houses of Congress this summer passed their resolution urging a pardon. After the vote, the lawmakers wrote to Obama in August asking him to issue the pardon. "Regrettably, we have not received a response from you or any member of your administration," they wrote...
  • Judge: Ex-US Rep. (Willam 'Cold Ca$h') Jefferson won't get new trial

    09/21/2009 11:39:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 997+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has denied the request for a new trial by a former Louisiana congressman convicted on corruption charges. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled against a motion by former Rep. William Jefferson on Friday in Alexandria, Va. Jefferson was convicted Aug. 5 on 11 of 16 federal counts for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa after federal agents found cash in his freezer. A jury ruled Jefferson must forfeit roughly $470,000. He later filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.
  • Border agents could leave prison within days

    02/04/2009 8:13:00 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 885+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 2009-02-04 | Chelsea Schilling
    Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos could be eligible to leave federal prison within days – though their official release date is still set for March 20, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons has confirmed. BOP spokeswoman Traci Billingsley told WND that inmates may serve their sentences in arranged living facilities or home confinement before they are given their full freedom. "On their release date, all Bureau of Prisons inmates are generally released from one of three places," she said. "They're either released from an institution, a residential reentry center (halfway house) or they're released from...
  • Sinners Welcome!

    01/23/2009 1:45:45 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 23 replies · 253+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 1/22/09 | DJP I.F
    One of Connecticut’s most popular conservative radio talk show hosts, Jim Vicevich, uses many different Americana bumper music in his show’s rotation. One song in particular that Jim often uses - that absolutely blesses my heart - is by the Blue Grass Americana group named Cadillac Sky. The song is called Sinners Welcome. This song starts off with a soft vocal melody: One more night in the county jail Ain’t nobody gonna make your bail Behind these bars you’ll do your time Got yourself 25 to life. And the chorus: Sinners Welcome, No man denied Sinners Welcome, Save your soul...
  • The final Bush pardons

    01/20/2009 7:38:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 85 replies · 1,877+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/20/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    On his way out of office, President Bush used his power of the pardon to commute the sentences of former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who had been sentenced to 11 years and 12 years respectively for shooting and wounding a fleeing drug smuggler in 2005 and then covering up the incident. It was the right move. Ramos and Compean supporters no doubt would have preferred it if Bush had pardoned the agents - which would have cleared their criminal records. In that Bush had stood by U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's prosecution of the agents, as...
  • Idahoan convicted of murder won't be pardoned by Bush

    01/19/2009 4:31:18 PM PST · by Impy · 14 replies · 951+ views
    KTVB.com ^ | 1-19-09 | KTVB & Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush says he will issue no more pardons or commutations before the transfer of power set for tomorrow.
  • Standards for Considering Commutation Petitions

    01/19/2009 1:17:26 PM PST · by DBCJR · 141+ views
    Section 1-2.113 Standards for Considering Commutation Petitions A commutation of sentence reduces the period of incarceration; it does not imply forgiveness of the underlying offense, but simply remits a portion of the punishment. It has no effect upon the underlying conviction and does not necessarily reflect upon the fairness of the sentence originally imposed. Requests for commutation generally are not accepted unless and until a person has begun serving that sentence. Nor are commutation requests generally accepted from persons who are presently challenging their convictions or sentences through appeal or other court proceeding. The President may commute a sentence to...