December 22, 2012 |
LONDON - Pope Benedict XVI granted a pardon Saturday to his former butler who was serving an 18-month sentence for the theft of secret Vatican documents that were leaked to the Italian media in a scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church. A papal press office communique said that Benedict “visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and communicate in person his decision to grant Mr. Gabriele's request for pardon.” The statement added that Gabriele, 46, was released by the pope in “a paternal gesture” for someone “with whom the pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years.” Gabriele was discovered in May to be the source of the wave of private church documents nicknamed "Vatileaks.
November 21, 2012 |
Hokey as it may be, the presidential turkey pardon is a surefire sign that Thanksgiving dinner is only a day away -- and President Obama brought his daughters, Sasha and Malia, with him for Wednesday's annual ceremony. Cobbler and Gobbler, two turkeys from Miller Farm in Virginia, waddled off into the sunset as free birds after the president and first daughters posed for some photos with them at the White House. "Later on Michelle, Sasha and Malia and I will take two turkeys who were not so lucky to a local food bank in Washington, D.C.," Obama told the crowd, turning attention to those in need.
November 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama continued the White House tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey, but for the first time, the public decided which bird would get the honor by voting on the White House Facebook page. The winner? Cobbler, of the blue state of Virginia. On an unusually warm Thanksgiving eve in Washington, more than 150 reporters and photographers gathered to witness the annual event, along with about 50 White House staffers. Cobbler and Gobbler (the runner-up) were born on the same day on a farm in Rockingham County, Va., but according to the White House, that's where the similarities end. Cobbler craves cranberries and enjoys Carly Simon music.
August 24, 2012
Daniel Larsen is the victim of a continuing injustice. Despite a finding by two federal judges that no juror who heard all the evidence in his criminal trial would ever have convicted him and despite an order that he be set free as a result, he remains in custody. That is a violation of his most basic rights. There is, however, a way to correct this wrong: Gov. Jerry Brown should pardon him. Larsen was at the Golden Apple bar in Northridge about 1 a.m. on June 6, 1998. There was a fight and police responded.
June 3, 2012 |
Of all of the legitimate excuses for not attending class, seeing the president speak is high on the list. But getting an excuse note from the president himself is in a league of its own. Tyler Sullivan, an 11-year-old Minnesotan fifth-grader, skipped school for the first time Friday to see President Obama speak in Golden Valley, Minn. When approached by Obama after his speech, Tyler confessed to the president that he was missing class. “I had a chance to shake his hand.
February 28, 2012 |
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Monday pardoned three owner-editors and a columnist at the El Universo newspaper who had been convicted of defaming him in a controversial press freedom case. Brothers Carlos, Cesar and Nicolas Perez and columnist Emilio Palacio had been ordered to pay $42 million in fines and serve three years in prison for publishing an allegedly libelous opinion piece by Palacio in February 2011 in the Guayaquil-based paper, the nation's second-largest.
February 13, 2012 |
Six months ago, in a moving ceremony during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, President Hamid Karzai went on Afghan television to pardon about two dozen young boys, the youngest only 8 years old, who had been caught trying to carry out suicide attacks. On Monday, authorities in Kandahar province reported that two of the children, 10-year-olds, had been rearrested last week, apparently intending again to carry out bombings. Provincial spokesman Zalmay Ayubi said the boys each had a vest full of explosives when they were detained along with three adults suspected of being militants, and that they told intelligence officers they had been recruited for suicide missions.
February 6, 2012
Spurred by a study showing that whites were four times likelier than minorities to receive a presidential pardon, the House Judiciary Committee has asked Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to explain changes he plans to make in the pardon process. Eliminating disparities is easier said than done, but some reforms are obvious. Although presidents can issue pardons for any reason and without consulting anyone, typically applications are processed by the Justice Department and then forwarded with recommendations to the president.
January 12, 2012 |
Terrance Winters of Yazoo City, Miss., voted for Haley Barbour in the past, and while he gives the ex-governor a mixed grade these days, particularly on economic matters, he's always given Barbour points for political shrewdness. Which is why Winters, a 31-year-old cook at a barbecue restaurant, is flummoxed by the mess that Barbour left behind after stepping down from office this week. "I actually don't know what he was thinking," Winters said. That is a question most of Mississippi, and the political world far beyond it, is asking.
November 23, 2011 |
There was freedom for Liberty. President Obama pardoned the appropriately named turkey at the White House on Wednesday, an annual tradition before what the president said was "one of the best days of the year to be an American. " Actually, two birds will be spared from the holiday dinner table, Liberty and Peace. But Liberty enjoyed the national spotlight during a brief ceremony at the North Portico on Wednesday morning, in which Obama made a priestly gesture over the bird before announcing: "You are hereby pardoned!"