· Leslie Owen Collier - Charleston, Mo.
Offense: Unauthorized use of a registered pesticide, 7 U.S.C. §§ 136j(a)(2)(F) and 136l(b); violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. § 668(a).
Sentence: Feb. 2, 1996; Eastern District of Missouri; two years probation and $10,000 in restitution.
· Milton Kirk Cordes - Rapid City, S.D.
Offense: Conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act; 18 U.S.C. § 371, 16 U.S.C. §§ 3372(a)(2)(A), 3373(d)(1)(B).
Sentence: Dec. 14, 1998; District of South Dakota; 18 months probation conditioned on loss of hunting privileges for one year, performance of 100 hours of community service and payment of a $2,000 fine.
· Richard Micheal Culpepper - Mahomet, Ill.
Offense: False statements to the United States; 18 U.S.C. § 287.
Sentence: Jan. 15, 1988; Central District of Illinois; five years’ probation conditioned on payment of a $1,000 fine and $4,351.90 in restitution.
· Brenda Jean Dolenz-Helmer - Fort Worth, Texas
Offense: Misprision of a felony; 18 U.S.C. § 4.
Sentence: Dec. 31, 1998; Northern District of Texas; four years’ probation, with the special condition of 600 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.
· Andrew Foster Harley - Falls Church, Va.
Offense: Wrongful use and distribution of marijuana and cocaine; Article 112a, Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Sentence: April 17, 1985, as approved June 13, 1985; U.S. Air Force general court martial convened at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 90 days’ confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and dismissal from the Air Force.
· Obie Gene Helton- Rossville , Ga.
Offense: Unauthorized acquisition of food stamps; 7 U.S.C. § 2024(b), 18 U.S.C. § 2.
Sentence: April 1, 1983; Eastern District of Tennessee; two years probation, $500 fine and $875 in restitution.
· Carey C. Hice Sr.- Travelers Rest, S.C.
Offense: Income tax evasion; 26 U.S.C. § 7201 and 18 U.S.C. § 2.
Sentence: March 5, 1996; District of South Carolina; three years probation condition on 180 days’ home confinement and a $13,000 fine.
· Geneva Yvonne Hogg - Chamblee, Ga.
Offense: Bank embezzlement; 18 U.S.C. § 657.
Sentence: June 19, 1980; District of South Carolina; five years probation and a $500 fine.
· William Hoyle McCright Jr.- Midland, Texas
Offense: Making false entries, books, reports or statements of bank; 18 U.S.C. § 1005.
Sentence: Oct. 20, 1986, as amended September 23, 1987; Western District of Texas; two years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
· Paul Julian McCurdy - Sulphur, Okla.
Offense: Misapplication of bank funds by a bank officer; 18 U.S.C. § 656.
Sentence: Feb. 12, 1988; Eastern District of Oklahoma; five years probation and $5,000 in restitution.
· Robert Earl Mohon Jr.- Grant, Ala.
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana; 21 U.S.C. §§ 841 and 846.
Sentence: Oct. 22, 1987; Northern District of Alabama; three years in prison.
· Ronald Alan Mohrhoff - Los Angeles
Offense: Unlawful use of a telephone in furtherance of a narcotics felony, 21 U.S.C. § 843(b); possession of cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 844(a).
Sentence: Oct. 9, 1984; Central District of California; one year of in prison followed by five years probation with the special condition of 2,500 hours of community service.
· Daniel Figh Pue III - Conroe, Texas
Offense: Illegal treatment, storage and disposal of a hazardous waste without a permit, 42 U.S.C. § 6928(d)(2)(A); illegal transportation of a hazardous waste to an unpermitted facility for storage or disposal, 42 U.S.C. § 6928(d)(1).
Sentence: Oct. 25, 1996; Southern District of Texas; three years’ probation conditioned on six months’ home confinement and a $1,000 fine.
· Orion Lynn Vick - White Hall, Ark.
Offense: Aiding and abetting the theft of government property; 18 U.S.C. §§ 641 and 2.
Sentence: June 17, 1975; District of Arizona; payment of a $250 fine within 90 days.
· John Edward Forte - North Brunswick, N.J.
Offense: Aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A)(ii), 18 U.S.C. § 2.
Sentence: Nov. 20, 2001; Southern District of Texas; 168 months in prison, five years supervised release and a $5,000 fine.
Terms of commutation: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on Dec. 22, 2008, leaving intact and in effect the five year term of supervised release with all its conditions.
· James Russell Harris - Detroit, Mich.
Offense: Conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 846; attempted money laundering, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(a)(3) and 2; aiding and abetting the attempted distribution of cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); conspiracy to affect interstate commerce by obtaining property under color of official right, 18 U.S.C. § 1951; attempt to affect interstate commerce by obtaining property under color of official right, 18 U.S.C. § 1951.
Sentence: May 10, 1993; Eastern District of Michigan; 360 months in prison, five years supervised release and a $50,000 fine.
Terms of clemency grant: Unpaid balance of fine remitted; sentence of imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 22, 2008, leaving intact and in effect the five year term of supervised release with all its conditions save the obligation to satisfy the unpaid balance of the fine.
Then there’s the Washington Post’s rable rousing headline:
Big Names Seek Pardons from Bush
“President Bush granted 14 pardons and shortened two prison sentences on Tuesday. High-profile criminals including Duke Cunningham and Michael Milken have appealed to President Bush for pardons or clemency before the end of his term, and speculation abounds about other well-connected convicts.”
With the Post’s reporter, Carrie Johnson taking questions:
“Washington, D.C.: I know it’s in the Constitution, but can we get rid of pardons some how? And before you go on and on about the holiness of the Constitution, black people were only counted as 3/5 of a person in the original, updates are good.
Carrie Johnson: Well even critics acknowledge that the president’s power to award pardons is near absolute under the U.S. Constitution. The “check” in the system as it were appears to be public reaction, which is why the outcry can be loudest on the president’s way out the door. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) recently penned an interesting opinion piece about this subject that should be on his web site.
I have not heard anyone in Congress issuing meaningful calls to change the constitution to restrict the president’s hand, though Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced a resolution last week calling on President Bush not to issue politically influenced pardons on his way out the door.”
Gee, Congressman Jerrold “Clear The Aisles My Big Butt Is Coming” Nadler, where were you eight years ago when Klintoon did nothing BUT that.
James Russell Harris - Detroit, Mich. - Offense: Conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine
Maybe these don't rise to the level of Mark Rich et al., but I'd like to know why the President is commuting the sentences of drug dealers.