Skip to comments.Bush pardons 14 and commutes 2 prison sentences
Posted on 11/24/2008 3:48:08 PM PST by vikingd00d
WASHINGTON President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of misdeeds ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement, The Associated Press learned Monday. The new round of White House pardons are Bush's first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property. Bush has been stingy during his time in office about handing out such reprieves. Including these actions, he has granted a total of 171 and eight commutations. That's less than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their time in office. Both were two-term presidents.
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I see no border patrol pardons ...
The list so far:
Leslie Owen Collier of Charleston, Mo. She was convicted for unauthorized use of a pesticide and violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
_Milton Kirk Cordes of Rapid City, S.D. Cordes was convicted of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, which prohibits importation into the country of wildlife taken in violation of conservation laws.
_Richard Micheal Culpepper of Mahomet, Ill., who was convicted of making false statements to the federal government.
_Brenda Jean Dolenz-Helmer of Fort Worth, Texas, for reporting or helping cover up a crime.
_Andrew Foster Harley of Falls Church, Va. Harley was convicted of wrongful use and distribution of marijuana and cocaine.
_Obie Gene Helton of Rossville, Ga., whose offense was unauthorized acquisition of food stamps.
_Carey C. Hice Sr. of Travelers Rest, S.C., who was convicted of income tax evasion.
_Geneva Yvonne Hogg of Jacksonville, Fla., convicted of bank embezzlement.
_William Hoyle McCright Jr. of Midland, Texas, who was sentenced for making false entries, books, reports or statements to a bank.
_Paul Julian McCurdy of Sulphur, Okla., who was sentenced for misapplication of bank funds.
_Robert Earl Mohon Jr. of Grant, Ala., who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
_Ronald Alan Mohrhoff of Los Angeles, who was convicted for unlawful use of a telephone in a narcotics felony.
_Daniel Figh Pue III of Conroe, Texas, convicted of illegal treatment, storage and disposal of a hazardous waste without a permit.
_Orion Lynn Vick of White Hall, Ark., who was convicted of aiding and abetting the theft of government property.
Bush also commuted the prison sentences of John Edward Forte of North Brunswick, N.J., and James Russell Harris of Detroit, Mich. Both were convicted of cocaine offenses.
Pres. Bush’s latest pardons & commutations
they way it read on the AP site was that list was as of march 2008 ...the names are not released yet. I’m praying for ramos and compean that they wil be home for thanksgiving.
This is a stupid tradition.
Holding your breath?
Not pardoning the border guards is criminal in itself.
Looks like he mostly pardoned druggies with a few that lied to the government.
Those poor guys from the Border Patrol got screwed and it’s no wonder the Border Patrol cannot keep up their staffing levels. If they do a good job they get screwed.
Please contact President Bush. Keep it nice.
Compean & Ramos need to be home for Christmas!!
I agree. Will of the people means nothing to today’s politicians. They have their back room deals, and ethics and morality means nothing.
Yes it is.
It is the crminal “power ball” or lottery.
Then again we have had litteries for ILLEGA ALIENS to be allowed to be LEGAL ... . STUPID!
Bet ya he won’t pardon Compean & Ramos.
Johnny has dug his heels in and he is a CLOSE friend of Bush. Too much of an issue was made of this. I don’t see how you could not make this an issue but ... I doubt they will be pardoned.
If he’s concerned about drug offenses, he could have done something about the failed war on some drugs while in office. Something besides arresting dying cancer patients for consuming a plant, I mean.
I’m sure that Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean would love to eat Turkey with their families. Come on President Bush...
Bush is more likely to pardon Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila than Ramos/Compean.
I was hoping the Border Agents would be on the list.
I wonder who will be on Obama’s Pardon list???? Hmmmmm ........
Mr. President, you have done an exceptional job of protecting us for the past 7 years. We are truly grateful for your fortitude in the face of unceasing opposition from within and without our borders.
There is one glaring injustice that remains a stain upon the fabric of our country. United States Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean have been more than sufficiently punished for the accusations of Johnny Sutton and the serial criminal illegal alien drug dealer.
They are in conditions far worse than the enemy combatants currently (justifiably) incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
If anything, you have taught America that doing the right thing isnt always easy, but it is always right!
I beg you Mr. President please do the right thing without delay and send these men back to their young families where they belong.
Please perform this one final act of compassion; pardon those two honorable Patriots and end their nightmare.
Bush is stubborn and this just has to be personal with him. He's not the same man I voted for...twice.
I could tell you without looking that two names are missing.
I think it’s a good thing. People do deserve a chance to redeem themselves and move forward. I wish a lot more of the people doing time for drug offenses and other crimes who have shown they can be productive law abiding tax payers could be out of the system.
ramos and compean that they wil be home for thanksgiving
I would not hold my breath waiting on Bush to pardon these two great americans.
What you say.
If they have been sufficiently punished as you say then their sentences should be commuted, but they should not be pardoned.
Thats a nice generalization, but why one person and not another?
Do it, President Bush, do it!!
I’ll make a wild guess that Obama will at some point issue a pardon to the cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
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Posted on 11/24/2008 3:07:33 PM PST by marshmallow
Keep it nice.
R U out of your mind?
From This PRESIDENT, and Karl Rove along with the spineless GOP house and senate...they are why we now have a socialist President and possibly a fillibuster senate.
Be nice! You live in another reality dude.
‘Be nice! You live in another reality dude.’
When you are asking a request, such as pardon, yes, keep it nice.
Will do. Thanks very much for posting.
President Bush. :-)
I want to see the Border Patrol pardons AND Scooter Libby.
Tell that to the tens of thousands that have been raped, robbed, murdered, maimed, and have been victims of fraud and property crimes at the hands of illegal aliens.
Think man, think!
All the more despicable that he pardons some drug dealers while not the border patrol that tried to stop them.
An excellent idea that I hope we all get involved in!!!!
I would be very surprised to see any noteworthy pardons until the Georgia Senate Runoff has been decided.
I thought not.
Why is it so hard for Dubya to admit he screwed up?
Why is it so hard for him to admit his “friends” are idiots, crooks, or worse?
He'll pardon the drug-scum they shot, now that he was convicted of a later drug crime.
I'm actually hoping that Obama addresses this. It might just be the one area where he could make some positive changes.
At least we know Bush won’t be selling pardons a la Clinton.
FYI: The President's pardon powers extend only to federal crimes. Persons convicted of a state offense have to look to the governor for a pardon.
Ill make a wild guess that Obama will at some point issue a pardon to the cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Isn’t he in prison on a PA state murder conviction? Now that doesn’t mean that Obama wouldn’t try to have some influence over a state issue.
Okay, what is “unlawful use of a telephone” in connection with a drug offense? Did the guy slam the FBI agent alongside his head with an old style dial telephone?
I don’t see Scooter Libby’s name either.
If he leaves office without pardoning Ramos and Compean he’ll lose what little respect I have left for him.
A little background on James Russell Harris (Detroit News):
A former Detroit police sergeant convicted in a cocaine case arising from an FBI sting operation was among two people granted clemency Monday by President George W. Bush.
James Russell "Jimmie" Harrris, now 62 and serving a 30-year prison sentence that was expected to keep him locked up until 2019, is to be released soon from a federal prison in North Carolina under the president's order.
Harris of Detroit was convicted of providing protection to FBI agents posing as drug lords and money launderers.
"I'm very happy to hear that," said Detroit attorney Mark Kriger, who at one time represented Harris. "That was a very long sentence. He's very ill (with diabetes), is my understanding."
Paul Byers, a Cincinnati, Ohio, attorney who unsuccessfully appealed Harris' sentence to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, was surprised to hear about the clemency Monday.
"It was a very sad case, that's for sure," Byers said. "I sure felt bad for he and his family."
Sentenced in 1993, Harris was convicted in 1992 after a federal trial in Flint. An earlier trial ended in a hung jury.