March 18, 2002
Re "Roger Clinton Said to Be Deeply Tied to Pardons," March 13: Wow. After a full year's investigation, is this litany of innuendo and suggestions the best that Bill Clinton attack dog Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) could come up with? The White House was besieged by pardon requests. Gasp! Clinton made some bad decisions. Impeach him! Oh, wait, they already did that. Former Deputy Atty. Gen Eric Holder denies that his desire to be attorney general was connected to his involvement in the [fugitive financier Marc]
May 24, 2008 |
New York Gov. David Paterson is granting a full and unconditional pardon to rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters for the attempted murders of two men in 1991. The pardon is expected to halt efforts to deport Walters to Britain, the country he left as a child. The eye-patch-wearing star behind the '80s rap classic "La-Di-Da-Di" served more than five years in prison after the shooting of his cousin and another man. Both survived. The governor said Walters is now a rap artist and landlord in the Bronx who has not had any criminal problems since his release from prison in 1997.
September 15, 1987 |
Kremlin officials will decide in a few weeks whether to pardon pilot Mathias Rust from his four-year sentence in a labor camp, a Soviet editor was quoted Monday as saying. Valentin M. Falin, director of the official Soviet news agency Novosti, said in an interview with the West German pictoral magazine Quick that the requested pardon by Rust's parents will be "politely and benevolently examined" by Soviet officials "within the next month."
May 12, 1989
State Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) has asked Gov. George Deukmejian to pardon a 1930s Los Angeles radio personality who was imprisoned on a false accusation of rape. Roberti made the request for Pedro J. Gonzales, 93, of Nestor, Calif., who had a KMPC radio show before he was convicted of rape in 1936. Gonzales had served six years of a 50-year sentence when his accuser recanted her testimony, but he was never officially pardoned.
December 24, 2008 |
President Bush granted a pardon posthumously to a man who broke the law to supply aircraft to Jews fighting in Israel's 1948 war of independence. Charles Winters, a Miami businessman considered a hero in Israel, was listed in a batch of 19 pardons and one commutation that Bush issued before leaving for Camp David. No high-profile lawbreakers were on the list. Winters, a Protestant from Boston, was convicted in 1949 of violating the Neutrality Act for conspiring to export aircraft to a foreign country.
December 18, 1986 |
A convicted murderer was hanged for 30 seconds but escaped with his life because the father of the victim pardoned him, the newspaper Kayhan reported today. The man escaped death Wednesday and will be freed after recovering in a hospital, it said. Under Iranian Islamic law, close relatives of a murder victim have the right to demand execution of the murderer or payment of "blood money," or to forgive the person.
December 24, 1992 |
President Bush has been seriously studying whether to grant a holiday season pardon to former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and possibly others who have already been convicted or pleaded guilty to Iran-Contra related crimes, according to Administration sources. Weinberger has been charged by independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh with four counts of lying to congressional Iran-Contra investigators in 1987 and to Walsh's prosecutors in 1990.
August 12, 2009 |
Birmingham's mayor offered a blanket pardon to thousands of demonstrators charged in this caldron of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, a mostly symbolic gesture he acknowledged few might actually want. Many blacks who braved police dogs and fire hoses four decades ago say they carry their misdemeanor record as a badge of honor. Mayor Larry Langford said he expected many would reject the mass pardon, but he thought it was important to offer. Gwendolyn C. Webb-Happling was 14 when she was arrested in Birmingham in 1963 and spent a week in custody, charged with demonstrating without a permit.
October 17, 2009 |
Sen. John McCain pressed President Obama to give a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight boxing champion who was imprisoned nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman. McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) noted in a letter to Obama that both houses of Congress this summer passed their resolution urging a pardon. After the vote, the lawmakers wrote to Obama in August asking him to issue the pardon. "Regrettably, we have not received a response from you or any member of your administration," they wrote in the letter, adding they hoped that Obama would be eager to "right this wrong and erase an act of racism that sent an American citizen to prison."
February 22, 2009 |
It is being described as a full-court, all-out campaign, waged in the last days of the Bush administration by then-Vice President Dick Cheney, to get George W. Bush to grant a full pardon to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. The effort failed, but the snub by the Texas Lone Ranger has left Cheney furious. The New York Daily News quoted a Cheney associate as saying that Cheney "tried to make it happen right up until the very end," pressing his case in many conversations, both in person and on the phone.