Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bush Pardons 19, Commutes 1 Sentence, Then Revokes 1 Pardon

President George W. Bush yesterday issued 19 pardons and commuted the sentence of one individual, but then later revoked one of the pardons in a rare move. Those pardoned include:
  • William Alvis III of Flushing, Ohio. Possession of an unregistered firearm and cocaine distribution.
  • John Allen Aregood of Riviera, Texas. Conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal immigrants.
  • Eric Charles Blanke of Parker, Colorado. Counterfeiting.
  • Steve Doyle Cavender of The Villages, Florida. Conspiracy to import, possess, distribute and dispense marijuana.
  • Marie Elena Eppens of Lynden, Washington. Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
  • Lydia Lee Ferguson of Sun City, Arizona .Aiding and abetting possession of stolen mail.
  • Eduviges Duvi Gonzalez-Matsumura of Clovis, California Aiding and abetting embezzlement of bank funds.
  • George Clarence Greene Jr. of Gray, Georgia. Mail fraud.
  • James Won Hee Kang of South Barrington, Illinois. Trafficking in counterfeit goods.
  • Alan Stephen Maiss of Reno, Nevada. Concealing knowledge of a crime.
  • Richard Harold Miller of Tallahassee, Florida. Conspiracy to defraud the United States.
  • Delano Abraham Nixon of Neosho Rapids, Kansas. Forging the endorsement on a U.S. Treasury check.
  • John H. Overholt of Black Hawk, South Dakota. Concealment of information affecting Social Security benefits.
  • Charles Winters of Miami, posthumously. Conspiracy to export and the exportation of a military aircraft to a foreign country in violation of the Neutrality Act of 1939.
  • Morris Keith Parker of Georgetown, South Carolina. Concealing knowledge of a crime.
  • Robert Truman Reece of Redondo Beach, California. Unauthorized absence and missing the movement of a U.S. Navy ship.
  • Donald Edward Roessler of Harrison, Ohio. Embezzlement of mail matter.
  • David Lane Woolsey of St. George, Utah. Aiding and abetting violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
Originally on the list was Issac Robert Toussie of Brooklyn, N.Y., who was convicted for making false statements and mail fraud, but this was later revoked by the White House after additional information had "come to light" including his past criminal activities.

The prison sentence of Reed Raymond Prior of Des Moines, Iowa, who was in jail for methamphetamine possession, was also commuted by the President.

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