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From prison, Cunningham pleads for his gun rights
San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 5/26/2012 | Greg Moran

Posted on 05/27/2012 2:14:20 AM PDT by South40

SAN DIEGO — Just months away from being released from federal prison, former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham of Rancho Santa Fe wrote to a federal judge earlier this month asking help to get his rights to carry a gun restored.

But the plea, made in a rambling and sometimes disconsolate letter sent to Judge Larry A. Burns on May 2, was for naught. Burns, who sentenced Cunningham to eight years and four months in prison in 2006, replied he had no power to help him.

The correspondence is the latest missive from the Tucson, Ariz., federal prison where Cunningham has been serving his sentence. The former Republican congressman pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion and admitted to receiving gifts, cash and fancy trips from defense contractors in exchange for steering government work their way.

Since his imprisonment he has denied taking bribes and said he regretted his plea. In the letter he said he is scheduled to be released to a halfway house in December.

But as a felon, Cunningham is prohibited from legally carrying a gun.

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


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1 posted on 05/27/2012 2:14:27 AM PDT by South40
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To: South40

Damn shame what happened to Cunningham, but he should’ve known better. Only Democrats get away with that sort of criminal behavior.


2 posted on 05/27/2012 2:41:52 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Yes it is a shame. Vietnam vet, Top Gun instructor and ardent conservative. He chose his own fate. I just wish libs who do similar things were treated equally. Speaking of which, when does Maxine Waters’ trial start?


3 posted on 05/27/2012 2:48:42 AM PDT by South40
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To: South40

I dunno, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.


4 posted on 05/27/2012 2:56:13 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: South40

“Speaking of which, when does Maxine Waters’ trial start?”

This is a serious post and a you shouldn’t be joking in it.

Maxine Waters is not a Republican there is no plan to ever bring her ethics violations before the Committee, she has THE immunity.


5 posted on 05/27/2012 2:59:28 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: South40

A great war hero who threw away his reputation for manna.


6 posted on 05/27/2012 3:18:00 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Venturer

LOL.

Duke should get a gun and visit Maxine.It could be fruitful.


7 posted on 05/27/2012 3:19:10 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info....http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: South40

He had it made in the shade and threw it all away.A damn shame.


8 posted on 05/27/2012 3:42:50 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Venturer

Maxine Waters is not a Republican there is no plan to ever bring her ethics violations before the Committee, she has THE immunity.

Black is the new tephlon nothing will stick and they can go about thier illegal activities unpunished because WE ALLOW IT!


9 posted on 05/27/2012 3:44:55 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: South40
He should adopt the G. Gordon Liddy method of gun access for convicted felons: "I am not permitted to own any guns myself, but Mrs. Liddy keeps quite an arsenal on her side of the bed."

Works for me.

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


10 posted on 05/27/2012 4:07:59 AM PDT by Viking2002 ("Always with the negative waves, Moriarty, always with the negative waves!" - Sgt. Oddball)
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To: Viking2002
He should adopt the G. Gordon Liddy method of gun access for convicted felons: "I am not permitted to own any guns myself, but Mrs. Liddy keeps quite an arsenal on her side of the bed."

I have a similar 'problem'. Now that my wife and I are separated, I'm just going it on my own. Screw 'em, I don't care anymore.

11 posted on 05/27/2012 4:13:23 AM PDT by Looking4Truth (PTSD has a cure, it's PTSF (Peace! Through Superior Firepower...))
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To: South40
Speaking of which, when does Maxine Waters’ trial start?

An excellent question. Only after the libtard lamestream media stops crying "RACISM!" at every constructive criticism or legitimate allegation of wrongdoing against "someone of color" in this country, OR when those who truly seek justice in Justice's name get sick and tired of that label and finally start ignoring it.

This "blacking" of America by putting everyone and everything else down is truly making me sick to my stomach.

12 posted on 05/27/2012 4:19:04 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Looking4Truth

I’d ask this post to be removed. The intert00bs are NOT anonymous.


13 posted on 05/27/2012 4:25:49 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: South40

While on the Senate Armed Services Committee, didn’t Dianne Feinstein funnel defense contracts to companies partially owned by her husband?

Oh, I forgot....she’s a “good” lib and therefore immune from prosecution.


14 posted on 05/27/2012 5:05:25 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The TEA Party is my cup of tea.)
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To: South40

One might question why the government thinks it is ok to selectively destroy a person’s constitutional rights after they’ve served their sentence. Effectively, this amounts to a 2nd amendment violation pinned forever to every ex-con. Why stop with dismissing the 2nd amendment. Perhaps next the government will dismiss the 1st and 4th amendment of ex-cons.

I see this as yet another thinly veiled attempt by the government to disarm citizens. Label more are more people criminals and the government gets to disarm them for life.


15 posted on 05/27/2012 5:28:32 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: South40
But as a felon, Cunningham is prohibited from legally carrying a gun.

In all states? I'm sure it's true in California and some other states, but that seems a little harsh for someone like Cunningham, who wasn't convicted of a violent crime. Maybe after serving some probationary period, couldn't he move to some state where they aren't such wusses and a man could get his rights back after doing his time? Just asking.

16 posted on 05/27/2012 5:34:26 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: South40
He is getting out soon...Good luck to him he was a Vietnam War hero, fighter jockey. He was and is a real man and patriot. He got greedy....like others have commented maybe he would have skated if he was a Dem. I don't know the details of his case
17 posted on 05/27/2012 5:47:58 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Venturer

“Maxine Waters is not a Republican there is no plan to ever bring her ethics violations before the Committee, she has THE immunity.”

___

ie. a Rat!


18 posted on 05/27/2012 5:52:46 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Viking2002

He should adopt the G. Gordon Liddy method of gun access for convicted felons: “I am not permitted to own any guns myself, but Mrs. Liddy keeps quite an arsenal on her side of the bed.”

from what I’ve herd, Mrs. Liddy has guns all over the house.


19 posted on 05/27/2012 6:55:41 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
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To: chainsaw

I wager Mrs.Cunningham will do the same as well have them in her car and purse.


20 posted on 05/27/2012 8:42:58 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Lazamataz
I’d ask this post to be removed. The intert00bs are NOT anonymous. Doesn't matter to me. I've already ventured into 'spooky' territory. I've been dealing with the internet before it had a GUI. I'm an old f*&& who doesn't care anymore. Let 'em find me.

I don't know who the joke got started but HIT IT LAZ!

L8R, L4T

21 posted on 05/27/2012 1:34:05 PM PDT by Looking4Truth (PTSD has a cure, it's PTSF (Peace! Through Superior Firepower...))
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