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Paey given full pardon; Crist orders him freed today
St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 20, 2007 | unknown

Posted on 09/20/2007 3:27:17 PM PDT by secretagent

TALLAHASSEE -- Richard Paey is a chronic pain patient in year three of a 25-year mandatory-minimum sentence for trafficking in drugs -- his own pain medication.

But his freedom is just hours away.

Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet voted unanimously to grant Paey a full pardon Thursday morning for his 2004 conviction on drug trafficking and possession charges.

"We aim to right a wrong and exercise compassion and to do it with grace," the governor said. "Congratulations ... and I state he should be released today."

With that, Paey's wife Linda, their three children, a family friend and attorney John Flannery II hugged and cried at the podium, the entire cabinet meeting room erupting into applause at 9:40 a.m.

It was a stunning turn in the long saga of Paey, a 48-year-old Hudson man who suffers debilitating pain from a 1985 car wreck, botched back surgery and multiple sclerosis that has left him needing the use of a wheelchair in prison.

He was first arrested in 1997 and convicted on the third try in 2004 of possessing, trafficking and illegally obtaining the medication he needs for the searing, fiery pain in his back and legs.

His supporters still contest every bit of the state's case and today, they finally found sympathetic ears eager to help. His medical condition is real, they told the cabinet, evidenced by the amoung of painkillers the Department of Corrections itself now gives to Richard Paey every day.

(Excerpt) Read more at sptimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugs; paey; pardon; prison; richardpaey; wodlist
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Yea!
1 posted on 09/20/2007 3:27:22 PM PDT by secretagent
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To: JTN

FYI


2 posted on 09/20/2007 3:28:03 PM PDT by secretagent
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Maybe we got a decent governor?!


3 posted on 09/20/2007 3:29:27 PM PDT by Chieftain (RIP Texas Cowboy and Cheif Negotiator, we miss you.)
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To: secretagent

Wow, government does the right thing for once.


4 posted on 09/20/2007 3:29:38 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: darkangel82

I’m awfully sorry it took two years.


5 posted on 09/20/2007 3:30:55 PM PDT by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: secretagent

excellent, there are so many more deserving of prison in FL.


6 posted on 09/20/2007 3:31:20 PM PDT by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: Chieftain

You mean you are having second thoughts about “one square”? I need more data, much more than the Miami Herald thinks he is a good governor.


7 posted on 09/20/2007 3:31:41 PM PDT by Tarpon
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To: Marie2

He never should have even been charged.


8 posted on 09/20/2007 3:31:57 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: darkangel82
Wow, government does the right thing for once.

Correcting a grievous error is not the same as doing the right thing. He still did over two years for no crime at all.

Now putting the judge and prosecutor in jail would be doing the right thing.

9 posted on 09/20/2007 3:34:03 PM PDT by magslinger (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors. And miss. R.A.Heinlein)
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To: magslinger

I agree, although that won’t happen.


10 posted on 09/20/2007 3:34:41 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: secretagent

Sounds like common sense ruled the day.

What were the drugs he was “trafficking” in?


11 posted on 09/20/2007 3:38:08 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (Sworn to oppose control freaks, foreign and domestic.)
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To: ovrtaxt

Ocycodone and hydrocodone, I think.


12 posted on 09/20/2007 3:47:08 PM PDT by secretagent
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To: darkangel82

The government had some push from a committed crew of “Friends of Paey”.


13 posted on 09/20/2007 3:49:45 PM PDT by secretagent
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To: ovrtaxt

“What were the drugs he was “trafficking” in?”

I’m pretty sure this is the guy who had a prescription for these drugs. The jury was not allowed to be told that the drugs were legal with a prescription.


14 posted on 09/20/2007 3:53:25 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: penowa

Flowida is such a dangewous pwace to wive.... /sniveling


15 posted on 09/20/2007 3:56:09 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (If you agree with Democrats you agree with America's enemies.)
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To: secretagent

I was telling someone in line about this case a few months ago. I said if Crist wants my respect, he should pardon this guy. The guy was one of those that was clueless about politics and the news.

I am really, really glad to hear this.


16 posted on 09/20/2007 3:56:53 PM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: magslinger

Check to see who was attorney general in Florida in 2004.


17 posted on 09/20/2007 3:57:12 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (If you agree with Democrats you agree with America's enemies.)
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To: secretagent

Now if only they’d discipline the over-zealous idiots who prosecuted him in the first place.


18 posted on 09/20/2007 3:59:08 PM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: I still care
I am really, really glad to hear this.

Good news from the WOD front.

19 posted on 09/20/2007 4:03:48 PM PDT by secretagent
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To: mgstarr
Now if only they’d discipline the over-zealous idiots who prosecuted him in the first place.

I think they needed three trials to get him.

20 posted on 09/20/2007 4:06:17 PM PDT by secretagent
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