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*** Bush Releases Presidential Pardons List ***

 
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*** Bush Releases Presidential Pardons List ***
I'm assuming this is just the first round.

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US President George W Bush has issued perhaps his final Presidential Pardons List before handing over to President-Elect Obama in January.

The were no high profile pardons on the list, with 14 pardons and two commuted sentences for offenses ranging from drugs through to illegal use of pesticides.

Here’s the full list via the Office of the Pardon Attorney (yes, that’s the real name).

PARDONS:

Leslie Owen Collier, Charleston, Mo. Offense: Unauthorized use of a registered pesticide and violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Sentenced Feb. 2,1996 to two years probation and fined $10,000.

Milton Kirk Cordes, Rapid City, S.D. Offense: Conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act. Sentenced Dec. 14, 1998 to 18 months’ probation conditioned on loss of hunting privileges for one year, performance of 100 hours of community service and fined $2,000.

Richard Micheal Culpepper, Mahomet, Ill. Offense: False statements to the United States. Sentenced Jan. 15, 1988 to five years probation conditioned on payment of a $1,000 fine and $4,351.90 in restitution.

Brenda Jean Dolenz-Helmer, Fort Worth, Texas. Offense: Misprision of a felony. Sentenced Dec. 31, 1998 to four years probation, 600 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.

Andrew Foster Harley, Falls Church, Va. Offense: Wrongful use and distribution of marijuana and cocaine. Sentenced April 17, 1985, U.S. Air Force general court martial, to 90 days confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and dismissal from the Air Force.

Obie Gene Helton, Rossville, Ga. Offense: Unauthorized acquisition of food stamps. Sentenced April 1, 1983 to two years probation, $500 fine and $875 in restitution.

Carey C. Hice Sr., Travelers Rest, S.C. Offense: Income tax evasion. Sentenced March 5, 1996, to three years probation condition with 180 days home confinement and a $13,000 fine.

Geneva Yvonne Hogg, Chamblee, Ga. Offense: Bank embezzlement, sentenced June 19, 1980 to five years probation and a $500 fine.

William Hoyle McCright Jr., Midland, Texas. Offense: Making false entries, books, reports or statements of bank. Sentenced Oct. 20, 1986 to two years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Paul Julian McCurdy, Sulphur, Okla. Offense: Misapplication of bank funds by a bank officer. Sentenced Feb. 12, 1988 to five years probation and $5,000 in restitution.

Robert Earl Mohon Jr., Grant, Ala. Offense: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Sentenced Oct. 22, 1987 to three years in prison.

Ronald Alan Mohrhoff, Los Angeles. Offense: Unlawful use of a telephone in furtherance of a narcotics felony, possession of cocaine. Sentenced Oct. 9, 1984 to one year of in prison followed by five years probation with 2,500 hours community service.

Daniel Figh Pue III, Conroe, Texas. Offense: Illegal treatment, storage and disposal of a hazardous waste without a permit, illegal transportation of a hazardous waste to an unpermitted facility for storage or disposal. Sentenced Oct. 25, 1996 to three years probation conditioned on six months home confinement and a $1,000 fine.

Orion Lynn Vick, White Hall, Ark. Offense: Aiding and abetting the theft of government property. Sentenced June 17, 1975 to payment of a $250 fine within 90 days.

COMMUTATIONS:

John Edward Forte, North Brunswick, N.J. Offense: Aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Sentenced Nov. 20, 2001 to 168 months in prison, five years supervised release and a $5,000 fine. Terms of commutation: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on Dec. 22, 2008, leaving intact and in effect the five year term of supervised release with all its conditions.

James Russell Harris, Detroit, Mich. Offense: Conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine, attempted money laundering,aiding and abetting the attempted distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to affect interstate commerce by obtaining property under color of official right,attempt to affect interstate commerce by obtaining property under color of official right. Sentenced May 10, 1993 to 360 months in prison, five years supervised release and a $50,000 fine. Terms of clemency grant: Unpaid balance of fine remitted; sentence of imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 22, 2008, leaving intact and in effect the five year term of supervised release with all its conditions save the obligation to satisfy the unpaid balance of the fine.
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Re: *** Bush Releases Presidential Pardons List ***
MSNBC added this note as well:

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Under the Constitution, the president’s power to issue pardons is absolute and cannot be overruled.

Some high-profile individuals, such as Michael Milken, are seeking a pardon on securities fraud charges. Two politicians convicted of public corruption — former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., and four-term Democratic Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards — are asking Bush to shorten their prison terms.

One hot topic of discussion related to pardons is whether Bush might decide to issue pre-emptive pardons before he leaves office to government employees who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Some constitutional scholars and human rights groups want the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to investigate possible war crimes.

If Bush were to pardon anyone involved, it would provide protection against criminal charges, particularly for people who were following orders or trying to protect the nation with their actions. But it would also be highly controversial.

At the same time, Obama advisers say there is little — if any — chance that his administration would bring criminal charges.





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