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Pardon Snowden So He Can Work for US Public

Human rights officials make the case in NYT

(Newser) - Edward Snowden put out a public plea earlier this week for a pardon from President Obama—and two human rights activists agree with his call for clemency. Making their case for the ex-NSA contractor in the New York Times , Kenneth Roth (director of Human Rights Watch) and Salil Shetty (secretary... More »

Woman Jailed for Killing Abusive Husband Wins Rare Pardon

French president shortens sentence of woman who killed violent spouse

(Newser) - Thanks to French President Francois Hollande, Jacqueline Sauvage will be leaving a French prison in April after serving three and a half years of a 10-year sentence for killing her husband, the Guardian reports. Sauvage—who said Norbert Marot, her husband of 47 years, was an alcoholic who raped and... More »

Robert Downey Jr. Pardoned for 1996 Drug Conviction

California's pardon states the actor has shown 'exemplary behavior'

(Newser) - California's governor has pardoned Robert Downey Jr. for a 1996 drug conviction that sent the actor to prison. Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Thursday that Downey was among 91 people receiving pardons. Downey was convicted of felony drug possession after he was arrested on a Los Angeles County... More »

Underground Railroad Conductor Finally Gets His Pardon

2 people say Delaware governor will pardon Samuel Burris

(Newser) - Not even the threat of being sold into slavery could stop Samuel Burris, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, from helping slaves to freedom in the 19th century. A free black man, Burris was caught helping a slave try to escape from Delaware in 1847. After Burris was tried and... More »

Mark Wahlberg Wants Pardon for 1988 Assault

Says he's dedicated himself to good works ever since

(Newser) - Back in 1988, Mark Wahlberg was just a 16-year-old troublemaker, and after trying to steal two cases of beer from Thanh Lam outside a Massachusetts convenience store, he beat the man with a 5-foot stick and screamed racial slurs at him. The attack left Lam blind in one eye, NECN... More »

NYT, Guardian: Pardon Snowden

NSA whistleblower 'has done country a great service'

(Newser) - Apparently it's Edward Snowden appreciation day. The New York Times and the Guardian both published editorials today calling on authorities to pardon or grant amnesty to the NSA leaker. "Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves... More »

Obama, It's Time to Pardon More Regularly

No more last-minute or Christmas pardons: PS Ruckman Jr.

(Newser) - President Obama is "one of the least merciful presidents in the history of the United States," writes PS Ruckman Jr. for CNN . He's so far granted just 52 pardons, which puts him ahead of the first two US presidents (one of whom only served one term), a... More »

'Pardoned' Turkeys Swiftly Die

They're simply not bred to live long

(Newser) - President Obama will "pardon" a pair of turkeys today and send them to live at Mount Vernon, and if that gives you a case of the warm fuzzies, you should know that both "Caramel" and "Popcorn" will probably be dead within the year. Every turkey the president... More »

Alabama Grants Scottsboro Boys Posthumous Pardons

Last 3 teens finally see their names cleared

(Newser) - Eighty-two years after they were falsely accused of raping two white women, all of the "Scottsboro Boys" have been pardoned. Alabama's Board of Pardons and Paroles pardoned the last three today after a unanimous vote, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. Nine black teens were accused of the rapes in... More »

Dubai Pardons Woman Facing Jail Over Rape Claim

But Marte Deborah Dalelv has lost job

(Newser) - A Norwegian woman who reported she had been raped only to find herself sentenced to 16 months in a Dubai jail has been pardoned by the emirate's leader, Norwegian officials say. Marte Dalelv had been sentenced for having sex outside marriage and drinking alcohol; following Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid... More »

Pope Pardons Ex-Butler

Paolo Gabriele had been serving time for stealing papal documents

(Newser) - Pope Benedict XVI has granted a Christmas pardon to his former butler, who stole the pope's private papers and leaked them to a journalist in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times. The Vatican said Benedict visited Paolo Gabriele in the Vatican police barracks this morning,... More »

Please, End the White House Turkey Pardon

It's reached new levels of absurdity: Peter Grier

(Newser) - OK, this presidential turkey pardon thing is getting ridiculous: This year, the tradition involves two birds, a contest, and Facebook profiles including details about the fowl (like a love of Carly Simon one of the turkeys supposedly has). "This isn’t a lighter moment in a president’s otherwise... More »

Mississippi High Court OKs Haley Barbour Pardons

Attorney general had challenged their constitutionality

(Newser) - Looks like Haley Barbour is in the clear: The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the controversial pardons the Republican former governor made before leaving office, the AP reports. The state's Democratic attorney general had challenged some of the 198 pardons, saying they fell short of a state requirement: Those... More »

Barbour's Pardoned Convicts Go Missing

Mississippi AG seeks 5 men who didn't meet clemency requirements

(Newser) - First, Haley Barbour issued a spate of controversial last-minute pardons ; then, a judge rejected a number of them , calling back five men who'd been released from prison. But the dust still hasn't settled: Those five men, convicted of murder and robbery, are nowhere to be found. The Mississippi... More »

Miss. Judge Quashes Barbour Pardons

Blocks release of 21 still in prison, orders 5 more in for hearing

(Newser) - So much for Haley Barbour's grand pardons: A Mississippi judge has put the kibosh on some of the former governor's last-minute spate of 200 pardons, blocking the release of 21 inmates still imprisoned and hauling in five more who had been released for hearings. The ruling came hours... More »

Barbour Takes Heat for Pardoning Murderers

He has said that pardoning mansion workers is a tradition

(Newser) - Haley Barbour has issued last-minute pardons to at least five convicts who worked for him at the governor's mansion—four of whom were convicted of murder, and one who was denied parole less than two weeks ago, MSNBC reports. The Mississippi governor, who left office yesterday, has said in... More »

Billy the Kid May Finally Get His Pardon

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will decide by year's end

(Newser) - One of Bill Richardson’s last acts as New Mexico governor could be pardoning Billy the Kid . He’s reviewing a petition to pardon the famed outlaw—killed in 1881 after reportedly killing 21 men—which is based on the claim that Governor Lew Walllace promised the Wild West folk... More »

Florida to Wipe Jim Morrison's Indecent Exposure Conviction

Band members still insist he never showed anything

(Newser) - Jim Morrison was appealing his conviction for indecent exposure when he died in 1971. Nearly 40 years later, he'll finally get his wish: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will pardon Morrison today, a day after the Doors singer would have turned 67. Surviving band members still insist Morrison never actually exposed... More »

Obama Spares Turkeys 'Shellacking'

Birds will head to George Washington's estate

(Newser) - It's official: President Obama has pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Continuing a decades-old White House tradition, Obama issued pardons today to a gobbler named "Apple" and its alternate, “Cider.” The two 21-week-old, 45-pound turkeys were raised on a California farm. Obama said it “feels pretty good... More »

Charlie Crist to Pardon Jim Morrison?

Door's open: 'anything possible' before Crist leaves office

(Newser) - His Senate bid may have failed, but outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may still make his mark ... on rock and roll history: He’s considering pardoning Jim Morrison for indecent exposure charges at a 1969 concert. “It's something I’m willing to look into in the time I have... More »

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