Skip to comments.Bush pardons 16, commutes sentence in drug case
Posted on 12/22/2006 8:19:58 AM PST by DJ Taylor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush issued 16 pardons Thursday and commuted the sentence of an Iowa man convicted of drug charges.
Six of the federal offenses were drug crimes, while others included bank fraud, mail fraud, the acceptance of a kickback, a false statement on a loan application and conspiracy to defraud the government over taxes.
Seven of the 16 received no prison or jail time, instead getting probation or a reduction in their military pensions.
The longest sentence was nine years, for aiding cocaine distribution, followed by a six-year term for conspiracy to possess marijuana.
With this batch, Bush has issued 113 pardons and commuted three sentences in his nearly six years in the White House, according to spokesman Tony Fratto.
A pardon amounts to federal forgiveness for one's crime, while a commutation cuts short an existing prison term.
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These Border Patrolmen petitioned the President for pardons, but the President pardons drug dealers instead. Go figure.
What about Scooter Libby???
conpassionate conservatism I suppose...
......I am no koolaid drinker.....
Oh, wait, his wife is not running for the Senate.
The President overlooking these honest, hardworking individuals is insane to say the least.
We should get as many people as we can to let the President know that this should not be happening,letting these border agents go to jail while he pardoned the drug dealers! Everyone should call their local Senators about this injustice.
GW should consider the fate of the 2 border patrol agents and the many soldiers incarcerated due to their actions in the War in Iraq.
Those actually in service to America deserve better.
UnF***ing believable. After 6 years of supporting Bush through hell or highwater and he doesn't have the brains or balls to pardon the people who are actually trying to protect our country because he d@mn sure isn't protecting our borders. He definately has lost my respect & my support.
Good point, this is ridiculous.
Are you kidding??? That would be nice, but it might upset Ma Pelosi. /sarc
He's afraid of the "political fallout".
Bush says the border guys got a fair trial. And those who he pardoned didn't? This makes my blood boil.
My impression of the list indicates that most had served their sentence or most of it. and this was clearing the slate.
Would suspect (hope) he might commute the sentence of the border agents before his term is over but that it is too fresh to do now. Bush has respected the judicial system but cleared the slate for some.
Where are the BushBots on this?
Sadly, it's very believable. This President has no intention of doing anything to curb illegal immigration. He never has and never will.
Don't you have to wait to be convicted before you can get a pardon?
They're all on the 'Bush is the second coming thread'. re: A day in the life of President Bush.
However, everyone so far is making it look like Bush just released a bunch of crazed druggies from prison -- AND THAT IS NOT THE TRUTH. Every single pardon was to people who HAVE ALREADY SERVED their full sentence. Some over 20 years ago. IOW he is giving pardons to people who paid their debt to society and have led productive lives since. All these pardons are doing are wiping the slate clean.
The one questionable act is the sentence commmutation, but the article does not even attempt to say WHY the man's sentence was commuted. and even though Bush is letting him out of prison, the man will still be under SUPERVISED release.
Bitch about him ignoring the agents -- and count me among the bitchers -- but do not be disengenious about the other pardons. It does nothing but smack of an agenda on your part.
You think Bush is gonna pardon those agents after Bush's Justice Department went to so much trouble to nail them? They should never have charged those agents, but the chance of a pardon is really low.
Signing the law to authorize construction of a border fence doesn't count, I suppose.
There was a petition for this purpose, I signed it as did many other people. I guess President Bush wasn't interested in the fact so many people thought these men should be pardoned, not part of his agenda I guess as he feels so strongly about Mexicans. I think its terrible they weren't pardoned and shows he is not supporting our border patrols agents. I guess I shouldn't be surprised he didn't pardon them as he clearly is not interested in securing our borders. I used to be 100% behind President Bush but I think he clearly doesn't care what the American people think or care about. What a shame he couldn't act decently towards these two men. Shame on him.
The answer is no. Anyone can be pardoned of crimes commited whether they have been convicted or not.
Some of us Bushbots are just staring off into space, mystified by it all. Feeling a bit betrayed... I don't know what to think. Maybe it's all a mistake, maybe there's some really good explanation that we just don't yet have.
(Future former?) Bushbot
If you think it's really going to happen, then for you it counts. I don't believe it will. Kind of like "Read my lips, no new taxes" from another President.
It'll get built the same day our budget is balanced, Social Security is fixed and monkeys fly out....
Rolling our eyes at the kneejerk reactions on this thread.
You damned right I have an agenda; it's called justice.
Before you descend into Bush bashing....check these links out:
There is a procedure for getting a pardon, and I'm sure the WH follows it after Clintons debacle.
Besides, the two border patrol agents were guilty as sin. You don't shoot at a fleeing man with a 12 ga shotgun fifteen(IIRC) times, and then try to cover it up.....
I see. Unless President Bush actually goes out and builds the fence personally, it doesn't count.
Here I am Stonewall!
Former Border Patrol Agent Jose Alonso Compean attends a press conference and rally on Thursday, December 21, 2006 in front of the Old Orange County Courthouse where supporters, led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher requested the President pardon both Compean and fellow agent Ignacio Ramos' conviction for the non fatal shooting of a Mexican citizen smuggling drugs into the United States. Compean and Ramos are both facing more than 10 years in prison.
According to some of the jurors, they did not feel the trial was fair.
Sentencing looms for agents, jurors say they were misled
Agents lawyer seeks new trial in shooting case
By Louie Gilot / El Paso Times
Three members of the jury that convicted two former El Paso Border Patrol agents of shooting a drug smuggler in the buttocks last year said they were misled into finding them guilty, according to a motion filed late Tuesday, two days before the agents are to be sentenced.
For me, justice means not second guessing juries.
Well by "them" staying home this election you can forget about it but thats what "they" wanted by staying home right? elections do have consequence and PRO immigration is one. Good job Nancy Harry and Hillary thank you
Careful, they'll get stuck that way.
Hello A.Hun! glad to see you
I surprised Sandy Burgular didn't get one.
Hey StoneWall...just visiting for a minute. Merry Christmas!
Me and mine voted. McCreary(R)
You too my friend
we voted straight r also
So did my family members of 30 here in Oregon because we know our party and president may not be perfect but far better than what the left can ever offer.
Like that'll get built. ROTFLMAO
No, the President can issue pardons for any crimes that may have been committed.
41 pardoned Caspar Weinberger two weeks before his trial was due to begin.
others are this board cant say that and elections have consequences
Its like DeJa Vue all over again back to the Bush 1 Presidency. Remember how he phoned in the last couple of years, and then raised taxes on us? This will be no different and hurt more. These Elite Rinos will be the death of this once great country.