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President Obama pardons nine felons

President Obama Grants Nine Pardons, as announced by the White House

Today (Dec. 3, 2010) President Barack Obama granted pardons to the following nine individuals:

James Bernard Banks - Liberty, Utah: Offense: Illegal possession of government property; 18 U.S.C. § 641. Sentence: Oct. 31, 1972; District of Utah; two years of probation.

Russell James Dixon - Clayton, Ga.: Offense: Felony liquor law violation; 26 U.S.C. § 5604(a)(1). Sentence: June 23, 1960; Northern District of Georgia; two years of probation.

Laurens Dorsey - Syracuse, N.Y.: Offense: Conspiracy to defraud the United States by making false statements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001. Sentence: Aug. 31, 1998; District of New Jersey; five years of probation and $71,000 restitution.

Ronald Lee Foster - Beaver Falls, Penn.: Offense: Mutilation of coins; 18 U.S.C. § 331. Sentence: Oct. 4, 1963; Eastern District of North Carolina; one year of probation and $20 fine.

Timothy James Gallagher - Navasota, Texas: Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine; 21 U.S.C. § 846. Sentence: Oct. 18, 1982; District of Arizona; three years of probation.

Roxane Kay Hettinger - Powder Springs, Ga.: Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846. Sentence: March 31, 1986; Northern District of Iowa; 30 days in jail followed by three years of probation.

Edgar Leopold Kranz Jr. - Minot, N.D.: Offense: Wrongful use of cocaine, adultery and writing three insufficient fund checks; Articles 112a and 134, Uniform Code of Military Justice. Sentence: Sept. 14, 1994, as approved Nov. 4, 1994; General court-martial convened at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; bad conduct discharge (suspended), 24 months of confinement and reduction to pay grade E-1.    
  
Floretta Leavy - Rockford, Ill.: Offense: Distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; 21 U.S. C. §§ 841(a)(1), (a)(2) and 846, 18 U.S.C. § 2. Sentence: Oct. 19, 1984; District of Kansas; one year and one day in prison and three years of special parole.

Scoey Lathaniel Morris - Crosby, Texas: Offense: Passing counterfeit obligations or securities; 18 U.S.C. §§ 472 and 2. Sentence: May 21, 1999; Western District of Texas; three years of probation and $1,200 restitution, jointly and severally.    ####

 

 
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So... Law enforcement officials risked their lives and spent countless hours investigating these crimes. The prosecution spent countless hours preparing and arguing each case. Men and women sat on the juries despite other responsibilities such as work, family, or education. The taxpayers were soaked for the bills. Then a pompous politician comes along and decides to pardon these convicted criminals--after all, he knows best. I'm so sick of this attitude.

Well on the surface one would say ok, but what is the point in the courts and the prison system.

Presidential pardons are just something that liberals made up because they hate justice and Amercia.
Or something like that.
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i am glad to hear about the pardons. i have a loved one in the az.state prison who crime was so non violent yet he was put with murders and so on he is so not violent yet the prison seems not to care he is only 23 years old he has been beaten by other inmates extored for money food even his tv. noone seems to care it would be nice if the president could help him . he is so tiny he has noone to help him he was dignosed with a severe mental ilness but noone caers he still has such a loving heart . and yet all az. seems to care about is picking on the weak and little guy. i know in my heart there are dirty guards in there how else are so many drugs getting in . little guys getting beat or raped . so can he help me save my loved one i am begging. i have no where else to turn. sincerly jessica smith.

I know some of u people hate for a black man to have the power to do what he do. Get OVER it.

I don't know why people are so upset. Clearly, none of these crimes necessarily were violent crimes, and in every case the person paid their debt to society through probation or jail sentences. The most recent conviction was from 1999, so basically all these pardons accomplish is to remove these convictions from the individual's criminal record. Big deal. One could argue that it's pointless, but one could also argue that it's harmless.

connie,
every president pardons people its tradition get over it.

President Obama pardons NINE (9) felons... WOW!!! Now, according to Wikipedia.com & CNN: Old Bushy boy "(President George W. Bush) granted 189 pardons and nine commutations. Compare that with the 396 pardons and 61 commutations granted under President Clinton, or the 393 pardons and 13 commutations granted under President Reagan."

Obama Pardons NINE (9) and it's a "liberal" conspiracy!

And I'm willing to bet Bush's pardons included some of his friends.

It suprises me that pardoning these loosers rises to the level of executive intrest. Like having a meeting with an indignant Mr Gates and the police officer that offended him, Why does the president of the USA waste time with this nonsense. He should respect the office by not participateing in these issues.

Every day billions of people do not tell the truth. For example, attorneys. They always take their client's words, even when it is untrue.


Why we do not get serious and accept reality?

I THINK HE SHOULD PARDON AT LEAST 3,OOO,OOO PEOPLE THAT ARE IN PRISON FOR MARIJUNA THE OVERCROWDING AND THE NON VIOLENT POT HEADS THAT ARE THERE FOR 1YEAR TO 25 THEY GOT OTHER THINGS THEY COULD DO WITH THE AX MONEY THAT IS KEEPING THEM FEED AND NOT ONLY THAT ALL THESE GOP MEMBERS THAT ARE ON HERE WHINNING ABOUT THIS THERE HE COULD NOT DO NO WORSE JOB THAT THE LAST CROOK THAT WAS IN OFFICE HE TOOK THIS COUNTRY AND WEKED IT ONCE IT COMES DOWN TO IT HE WILL GO DOWN AS WORST PRESIENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN THERE IS NO PRESIDENT THAT COULD COME INTO OFFICE AND STRIGHTING HIS MESS UP IT WILL TAKE ATLEAST 20 YEARS TO GET OUT OF WHAT IT TOOK HIM 8 YEARS TO ACCOMPLISH


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