NFL Star Seeks Prez Pardon for Pot-Seller Brother
Lawrence Tynes' sibling serving 27-year sentence in federal slammer
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 3:12 AM CST
Presidents traditionally issue a series of pardons and commutations before leaving office. New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes is asking President Bush for clemency for his brother.   (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
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(Newser) – New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes is pleading with President Bush for a pardon for his pot-selling brother, who is serving a 27-year federal prison sentence in Arkansas, reports Newsday. Tynes' brother Mark, 31, was sentenced two years ago and has exhausted his appeals seeking a lighter sentence. Presidents leaving office traditionally issue a series of pardons and commutations.  

"It's worth a shot. It's part of the process, so why not use it?" Tynes asked reporters. "He deserves to be serving some time. The 27 years is something that we think is a little steep, added Tyne, who said his family is keeping "our fingers crossed."