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Finneran pressing Bush for a pardon
Boston Globe ^ | 01/09/09 | Frank Phillips

Posted on 01/09/2009 9:07:17 AM PST by raccoonradio

Former House speaker Thomas M. Finneran, seeking to cleanse the stain left by his 2007 conviction for obstruction of justice, is angling for a last-minute pardon from President Bush and has lined up a group of former Massachusetts governors to back his request.

Finneran submitted an application for a presidential pardon last month, and the four governors - Democrat Michael Dukakis and Republicans William F. Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift - followed up with a letter to the White House praising his integrity.

Finneran has already been "severely punished," the governors wrote, citing the loss of his state pension, the suspension of his license to practice law, and his firing from a lucrative private-sector job.

"And he has suffered daily taunts and ridicule of those who believe that every elected official is the equivalent of a common thief," the governors told the president in their letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Globe. They assured Bush that Finneran has "seen the error of this episode" and is truly sorry.

Finneran, who has developed a new career holding forth as a radio talk-show host on WRKO-AM, was traveling and did not respond to voice-mail messages yesterday. (snip)

Among the hurdles Finneran faces in his quest for a pardon is persuading Bush to waive a rule that a pardon can be granted only five years or more after the conviction.

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


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: felon; massachusetts; tomfinneran; wrko
In MA right now, the legislature and top constitutional officers are getting a 5.5 per cent raise, triggered automatically by the allegedly rise in average income. It was put forward in a bill sponsored by... Tom FelonMan...
1 posted on 01/09/2009 9:07:17 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

Howie list ping


2 posted on 01/09/2009 9:07:56 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

WRKO gets a $9,000 tax credit for hiring a felon. On the lighter side, when I would co-host with Reese I’d talk to Finneran during the break. He’s a real likeable guy.


3 posted on 01/09/2009 9:10:49 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: raccoonradio
Pardons?

Finneran's For'Em.

4 posted on 01/09/2009 9:11:04 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: raccoonradio; All

Romney said no dice to help; Cellucci, close friends
with Bush family, could give his effort a boost.

Radio listeners have been punished by FelonMan’s Forum
for the past two years.


5 posted on 01/09/2009 9:11:06 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: martin_fierro

good line!


6 posted on 01/09/2009 9:11:24 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

If Slick Willard opposes it, then give him the pardon.


7 posted on 01/09/2009 9:13:31 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: massgopguy

Yeah I really like paying the extra tax money every year
because he shot down the tax decrease we voted for (costs
me $150/yr I think). Thanks Tommy! As Jerry W. would say,
NOT a BAD GUY...


8 posted on 01/09/2009 9:13:31 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: fieldmarshaldj

If it means getting him off the air, I’d be for the pardon...

though he’d prob find his way back into government as yet
another tax-fattened hyena.


9 posted on 01/09/2009 9:14:22 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

>>And he has suffered daily taunts and ridicule of those who believe that every elected official is the equivalent of a common thief

RINOs Swift, Cellucci, Weld...in their letter. No, not every elected official, but Dems like Finneran—YES.


10 posted on 01/09/2009 9:18:20 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: massgopguy
HA! "Tommy Taxes" - but my dad knows him too and likes him. I listen to him on RKO in the AM and I have to say I begrudgingly like him as well... one thing he did was to stand for the gay marriage ballot question and I respect him for that. On the other hand, didn't he go and work for a company (the one he was fired from) for major league money and yet that company did embryonic stem cell research?? That one bothered me because Tom is a practicing Catholic. But $$$ walks, bs talks as they say :-)

What's up with Reese? I really enjoyed his show and found him extremely likeable - not someone who would do what he is accused of doing.

11 posted on 01/09/2009 9:19:02 AM PST by american colleen
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To: raccoonradio
Finneran submitted an application for a presidential pardon last month, and the four governors - Democrat Michael Dukakis and Republicans William F. Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift - followed up with a letter to the White House praising his integrity.

Yeah. Except for that little 'obstruction of justice' thing I'm sure he has integrity to burn.

12 posted on 01/09/2009 9:21:22 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: raccoonradio

For all of Finneran’s faults, he was the closest thing to a sane anti-leftist in the legislative leadership. He’ll probably be the last one until the next revolution comes.


13 posted on 01/09/2009 9:22:35 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: raccoonradio

Unless he was willing to pardon Compean and Ramos, no one should have been pardoned.

One thing I am furious with Bush over is the way he allows his friendship with the Texas DA Sutton override any common sense in this one case, especially.


14 posted on 01/09/2009 9:24:16 AM PST by HighlyOpinionated (YOU can get your own Bail Out . . .Dec 18 post at http://auntiecoosa.blogspot.com)
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To: raccoonradio
They assured Bush that Finneran has "seen the error of this episode" and is truly sorry.

true of most folks who get caught, let's pardon everyone Dora

Bush is stingy with em

15 posted on 01/09/2009 9:26:06 AM PST by wardaddy (Monarchists for Palin 2012)
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To: raccoonradio

My State Rep told me we were going to miss Finneran once we got a load of Sal Dimaisi.


16 posted on 01/09/2009 9:50:13 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: raccoonradio

The only two Bush should pardon he never will - Ramos and Compean - the martyrs to American freedom and border security - martyred by the First American President of Mexico and his stool pigeon Sutton.


17 posted on 01/09/2009 9:57:22 AM PST by ZULU ( TRAPPED IN NEW JERSEY!!! Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: raccoonradio

“And he has suffered daily taunts and ridicule of those who believe that every elected official is the equivalent of a common thief,”

Yeah, from one of his own co-workers, lol.


18 posted on 01/09/2009 10:02:27 AM PST by Andy'smom
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To: raccoonradio

My State Rep told me we were going to miss Finneran once we got a load of Sal Dimaisi.


19 posted on 01/09/2009 10:04:19 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: raccoonradio

My State Rep told me we were going to miss Finneran once we got a load of Sal Dimaisi.


20 posted on 01/09/2009 10:04:19 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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Boston.com/Globe survey

Should former House speaker Thomas Finneran receive a pardon from President Bush?

No, he’s been convicted of a crime.
86.9%
Yes, four former Mass. governors support it and he’s done a lot for the state.
13.1%
Total votes: 1309


21 posted on 01/09/2009 10:45:19 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Howie Carr/WRKO survey

Should former Speaker of the Massachusetts legislature and convicted felon Tom Finneran be granted a Presidential Pardon?
Yes
0%
No
100%


22 posted on 01/09/2009 10:48:15 AM PST by raccoonradio
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