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Bush's pardon list shows no high-profile convicts
AP via SFGate ^ | 11/25/8 | DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 11/25/2008 7:47:57 AM PST by SmithL

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President George W. Bush's latest list of pardons does not include some high-profile criminals who still hope the president will grant them clemency in his final weeks in office.

On Monday, Bush granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others whose misdeeds included dealing drugs, evading taxes, killing bald eagles or mishandling hazardous waste.

The most recent batch, however, did not include any well-known convicts like junk bond dealer Michael Milken, who is seeking a pardon on securities fraud charges, or two politicians convicted of public corruption — former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., and four-term Democratic Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards — who want Bush to shorten their prison terms.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., noted that the list also did not include former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were convicted of shooting a drug smuggler and trying to cover it up. Ramos and Compean are each serving sentences of more than 10 years for shooting Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks while he was fleeing from an abandoned marijuana load in 2005.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bush43; clemency; criminals; pardon; pardons
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I don't think we'll see ANY controversial pardons or executive orders until after the Georgia Senate race has been determined.
1 posted on 11/25/2008 7:47:57 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Free Ramos and Compean!


2 posted on 11/25/2008 7:53:17 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Bigg Red

I second that, free Agents Ramos and Compean, ya pig-headed, legacy-building, RINO-sell out JERK!


3 posted on 11/25/2008 7:56:15 AM PST by mkjessup (Senator Joe McCarthy was RIGHT - see my FR home page for a tribute to a REAL Patriot.)
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To: Bigg Red

If Bush doesn’t pardon those two guys he can go to hell as far as I’m concerned. He has one last chance to do something right.


4 posted on 11/25/2008 7:56:35 AM PST by Hildy
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To: SmithL

Never moind any pardon of criminals - small potatoes.
He let the Ruskies just sail into our hemisphere with warships.


5 posted on 11/25/2008 7:58:47 AM PST by XR7
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To: SmithL

Why doesn’t Bush just pardon all the low level criminals in federal prisons and move all the al-Qaeda thugs into the prisons in the leftish parts of the country...such as the Federal Medical Facility Ayer. The people in Haarvaard will just freak out!


6 posted on 11/25/2008 8:01:57 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: SmithL
Daniel Pue of Conroe, Tx was an interesting pardon in those issued.

He was convicted in 1996 on federal charges of illegal storage, disposal and transportation of a hazardous waste without a permit, according to court records. The waste was pentachlorophenol and creosote sludge. He was sentenced to three years' probation with six months' home detention on each charge. The sentences were to run concurrently. He was also fined $1,000............

......He completed his six months' home confinement but never tried to pursue a pardon until his daughter, Karen Flint, decided to take action. As part of a college government class project, she wrote a letter to the president asking for a pardon for her father.

"We were challenged by our instructor to make a difference and write somebody in office," said Flint, 37. "Some students were writing about potholes. I had more important things on my mind. My dad was a top priority."

Flint mailed the letter in February 2003 and got a reply in May 2003 that included paperwork to apply for a pardon. Daniel Pue and his wife completed the application and mailed it. They received a reply about a month later seeking more information, he said.

The Pues didn't hear anything for another two years. Then one day, an FBI agent called about doing a pardon investigation, Daniel Pue said.

The agent interviewed Daniel Pue, his wife, family, neighbors and co-workers, and said the information would be sent to the pardon attorney for review. That was the last Daniel Pue heard about the pardon, until Monday.
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Bush pardons Conroe 'average guy'


7 posted on 11/25/2008 8:04:24 AM PST by deport ( ----Cue Spooky Music---)
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To: SmithL

have Ramos and Compian asked for a pardon yet?


8 posted on 11/25/2008 8:05:55 AM PST by mnehring
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To: SmithL

I read the list the other day and it seemed pathetic to me - why pardon someone who has been convicted of theft or drug dealing? Sheesh - pardon someone who killed another in the defense of a child or a family member - pardon someone who was convicted on a technicality - not someone who blatantly broke the law!


9 posted on 11/25/2008 8:08:02 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Tagline scrubbed to prevent invitation to indoctrinization camp)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

He does seem to favor the druggies, which is kind of weird.


10 posted on 11/25/2008 8:11:06 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Maybe Bush will pardon all drug offenders, now that would really be something.


11 posted on 11/25/2008 8:12:57 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: af_vet_rr; traviskicks
And his good buddy, McCright.... a typical good old boy making under the table deals
12 posted on 11/25/2008 8:15:36 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Tagline scrubbed to prevent invitation to indoctrinization camp)
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..loyalty to an incompetent friend is no virtue

If Bush does not pardon Compean and Ramos it will be a permanent stain on his record which conservatives will dedicate themselves to reminding him and the country of for the remainder of Bush's life and beyond...

13 posted on 11/25/2008 8:16:45 AM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: traviskicks

It won’t be necessary to free/pardon the drug dealers once Bambi gets into office. Didn’t he say he wanted to lessen the crimes for crack and such and his bff Bill Ayers says prisons should be abolished.


14 posted on 11/25/2008 8:16:46 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Tagline scrubbed to prevent invitation to indoctrinization camp)
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To: deport
Flint mailed the letter in February 2003 and got a reply in May 2003 that included paperwork to apply for a pardon.

If it was worth doing, why wait until the final month of the final year of the second term?

At least he wasn't rotting in jail all that time (6 months home confinement had already passed).

15 posted on 11/25/2008 8:19:14 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Bigg Red

Free Ramos and Compean! and give them medals for their service. Re-instate them to the border patrol !!!


16 posted on 11/25/2008 8:20:19 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Those who live by the sword risk being shot by those who don’t.)
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To: Hildy

Winning the war in Iraq and crushing Al Qaeda there was not something right that President Bush has done? How about killing most of Al Qaeda leadership and tens of thousands or their battlefield terrorists? How about keeping us safe for the last seven year? How about cutting our taxes taxes? How about Roberts and Alito? How about a ban on embryonic stem cell research?


17 posted on 11/25/2008 8:23:42 AM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

If Bush wants to be remembered, he should give everyone a clean slate and empty the Bastille nationwide. No that would give the country a change they could believe in and him a permanent place in history.


18 posted on 11/25/2008 8:24:28 AM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: weegee

If it was worth doing, why wait until the final month of the final year of the second term?


Who knows what the process is that is used to determine who gets a pardon or not..... However in most of President Bush’s cases it seems they aren’t high profile cases and most have served their time long ago. Restoring rights seems about the most accomplished thing under these senarios and to those that received them I’m sure that is a major thing.


19 posted on 11/25/2008 8:27:19 AM PST by deport ( ----Cue Spooky Music---)
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To: SmithL

I called the White House Comment Line (202-456-1111, then 1, 1) to express disappointment about pardoning a drug dealer but not Ramos and Compean. I told the lady that i was saddened and disappointed by the vindictiveness displayed by this injustice.


20 posted on 11/25/2008 8:48:40 AM PST by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!.)
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