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Idaho soldier's dad says White House pardon is under review
AP ^ | 06 Jan 2009 | AP

Posted on 01/06/2009 7:35:55 AM PST by BGHater

A White House letter tells the father his request on behalf of Sgt. Evan Vela will be 'seriously considered.'

The father of an eastern Idaho soldier convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi says the White House has confirmed that President Bush is considering a request for a pardon.

Curtis Carnahan said he received a letter from the White House last week.

"Please know that your views on this matter will be seriously considered," it said.

Sgt. Evan Vela,a 24-year-old U.S. Army sniper,was convicted in February and sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian who stumbled upon him and five other soldiers sleeping on May 11, 2007.

Vela also was convicted of planting an AK-47 rifle on the dead man's body and of lying to military investigators.

Vela is serving his prison sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Leavenworth,Kan.

Carnahan has mounted a campaign to get his son pardoned, recently sending 235 letters to the White House asking Bush to set aside Vela's conviction.

"We're still hopeful he'll do something," Carnahan told the Post Register newspaper.

Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson,both Idaho Republicans,last month sent letters to Bush asking him to pardon Vela.

Carnahan said the letter he received also noted there are other ways for his son to be released.One of them, he said, is for his son to be granted clemency.

Carnahan, who lives in the eastern Idaho town of Parker, said Vela's case will automatically move to the military appellate court.

"We're not going to stop until someone lets him go," Carnahan said.

Under the Constitution, the president's power to issue pardons is absolute and cannot be overruled - meaning he can forgive anyone he wants,at any time. Bush has so far granted 189 pardons and nine commutations.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: bush; evanvela; idaho; iraq; pardon; pardons; president; vela; whitehouse
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To: lilycicero

Thank you.

Now, will you please do me the favor of telling me what I posted that was not true.

41 posted on 01/06/2009 11:10:41 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: bigheadfred; nahanrac

No wolves...just sheep. :)

42 posted on 01/06/2009 11:12:45 AM PST by lilycicero (I still haven't seen the sheep...those crazy critters.)
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To: lilycicero

You’re not from around here, are ya.

43 posted on 01/06/2009 11:17:41 AM PST by bigheadfred (Free Evan Vela)
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To: WayneS

Evan did not plant the weapon.

44 posted on 01/06/2009 11:22:22 AM PST by lilycicero ( Diana West has very good facts on Vela....)
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To: WayneS

I understand you got the info from the article.

45 posted on 01/06/2009 11:24:58 AM PST by lilycicero
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To: WayneS

No problem

46 posted on 01/06/2009 11:48:44 AM PST by nahanrac
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To: nahanrac't+hug+me+book&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result

Here's a link for you.

47 posted on 01/06/2009 11:59:27 AM PST by lilycicero (Only 81 pages.)
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To: nahanrac


48 posted on 01/06/2009 12:00:57 PM PST by lilycicero (Girlene has the link magic.)
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To: lilycicero
AP articles have their own truths that transcends mere factual truths, adding newly found elightenments of the abstract to their stories in the same manner a baby might discover that his body just made something he can use to draw pictures with.

Did you know the Military Times went with the AP story word for word? Just like the Idaho paper.

I wonder how many hundreds of papers rely on one slipshod reporter before any of them (or their readers) follow up to see if their daily dose of stories are safe to swallow?

49 posted on 01/06/2009 12:09:34 PM PST by 4woodenboats (Failure to factcheck AP rumors is a leading cause of constipation.)
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To: lilycicero

Thanks Lily.

50 posted on 01/06/2009 12:16:38 PM PST by nahanrac (That was better than a hug.)
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To: 4woodenboats

The Anchorage Daily News used the AP story as well. Since the soldier was stationed in Alaska you’d think they’d at least do their homework.

51 posted on 01/06/2009 12:20:14 PM PST by nahanrac (ADN: the way I found out about the charges)
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To: lilycicero; nahanrac
Lily's Link

I been looking thru G's window...

52 posted on 01/06/2009 12:25:59 PM PST by bigheadfred (Free Evan Vela)
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To: nahanrac

You would think sloppiness on such a grand scale would get someone fired and another demoted.

53 posted on 01/06/2009 12:55:43 PM PST by 4woodenboats (It seems some officers turn hardass from sitting on them all day. ...and incredibly callous)
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To: BGHater

Bush lets out all kinds of scum but he won’t pardon heroes like Compean and Ramos who protect his Texas friends.

What a disappointment Bush has become.

54 posted on 01/06/2009 1:00:42 PM PST by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! + In this sign Conquer! +)
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To: 4woodenboats


55 posted on 01/06/2009 2:22:47 PM PST by lilycicero (The one I have seen is not callous.........just sayin for TMI purposes)
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To: lilycicero

#51 tag line

56 posted on 01/06/2009 3:49:34 PM PST by 4woodenboats
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To: 4woodenboats

Like a bad dream, but she’s awake.

57 posted on 01/06/2009 3:59:41 PM PST by lilycicero (She'll have her day sooner or's coming....that good juju stuff.)
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To: WayneS; BGHater; gracesdad; All
People, just to let you know that it just isn't Evan's friends and family involved who think there is something wrong here.

This is a letter from Evan's Congressman. EVERY avenue is being pursued. We all may be dogs barking up the wrong Bush. But every effort is being made by highly placed people who don't think what happened to Evan comes close to being right. Sen. Mike Crapo is doing the same.

58 posted on 01/07/2009 11:11:15 AM PST by bigheadfred (Free Evan Vela)
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To: SeƱor Zorro

From the time I first started to care about politics, which was when Nixon was president, the phrase “obstruction of justice” has meant to me a democrat mob saying, “We hate you, but we can’t get you for what you actually did, so we’re going to criminalize your attempts to protect yourself from us.”

This guy never should have had to worry about being persecuted in the first place, and I certainly don’t think he should be persecuted for hiding evidencce of something that shouldn’t be a crime.

59 posted on 01/07/2009 2:25:53 PM PST by dsc (A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.)
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60 posted on 01/07/2009 4:21:03 PM PST by bigheadfred (Free Evan Vela)
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