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President Keeps Holiday Tradition of Clemency, Grants 11 Pardons

WASHINGTON (Dec. 24) - President Bush has granted 11 pardons, bringing to 69 the number of clemency orders he has issued since taking office five years ago, the Justice Department said.

Paul Efird, News Sentinel / AP

President Bush pardoned Charles E. McKinley for a conviction of transporting moonshine over 55 years ago. "It's a good Christmas present," McKinley says.

Source: AP

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Three moonshiners and a bank robber are among those pardoned, as is a Denver attorney with Republican political ties. The pardons were issued Tuesday, in keeping with a tradition of granting clemency during the holiday season.

One of those pardoned, Wendy St. Charles, is a lawyer for a Denver homebuilder, MDC Holdings, parent of Richmond American Homes, The Denver Post reported. St. Charles was convicted on drug charges in 1984 and sentenced to four years in prison.

MDC's chairman, Larry Mizel, has contributed more than half a million dollars to Republican campaigns along with his wife, Carol, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A company spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

One of the moonshiners, Carl E. Cantrell of Monteagle, Tenn., said he was arrested at his still without ever selling a drop. He was convicted of federal liquor law violations in 1967 and sentenced to three years' probation.

"I wasn't trying to cause nobody no harm," he told The Knoxville News Sentinel. "I was just trying to make a living."

Also pardoned was Donald Lee Pendergrass of Ramona, Calif., who was convicted of bank robbery with a dangerous weapon in 1964.

The other pardons were for offenses such as drug possession or making false statements on loan applications.

"These are individuals who all applied for clemency, and their applications were reviewed by the Office of the Pardon Attorney and forwarded to the president, who makes the final decision on whether to grant clemency," said Justice Department spokesman John Nowacki.

The Constitution provides the president with the power to grant clemency. A presidential pardon can't expunge a conviction, but it can help regain rights such as voting and owning guns.

Those granted pardons are:

· Carl E. Cantrell. Sentenced in 1967 to three years' probation for violation of IRS liquor laws.

· Charles Winston Carter of Hanna City, Ill. Sentenced in 1964 to two years' probation for conspiracy to steal U.S. property.

· Harper James Finucan of Charleston, S.C. Sentenced in 1980 to 39 months' imprisonment and five years' special parole for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

· Bobby Frank Kay Sr. of Suffolk, Va. Sentenced in 1959 to two years' incarceration and a $1,003 fine for operation of an illegal distillery.

· Melvin L. McKee of Surprise, Ariz. Sentenced in 1982 to five years' probation conditioned upon 400 hours of community service and a $2,500 fine for conspiracy to make and cause the making of false statements in loan applications and aiding and abetting the making of a materially false statement in a loan application.

· Charles Ellis McKinley of Pall Mall, Tennessee. Sentenced in 1950 to two years' probation for violation of IRS liquor laws.

· Pendergrass. Sentenced in 1964 to 12 years' imprisonment for bank robbery.

Charles Blurford Power of Fort Pierce, Fla. Sentenced in 1948 to one year and one day in prison for interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle.

· John Gregory Schillace of Hammond, La. Sentenced in 1988; sentence amended in 1989 to 20 months' imprisonment and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

· St. Charles. Sentenced in 1984 to four years imprisonment, four years of special parole and four years of probation, consecutively, for conspiracy to conduct a narcotics enterprise and distribution of cocaine.

· Jimmy Lee Williams of Mesquite, Texas. Sentenced to five years probation and a $5,000 fine for making a false statement on a loan application.

12/23/05 16:46 EST

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.

geee....I know I'LL sleep better tonight! :anger::doh:

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This article can be found here -- http://articles.news.aol.com/news/article....224060509990002

President Keeps Holiday Tradition of Clemency, Grants 11 Pardons

WASHINGTON (Dec. 24) - President Bush has granted 11 pardons, bringing to 69 the number of clemency orders he has issued since taking office five years ago, the Justice Department said.

Paul Efird, News Sentinel / AP

President Bush pardoned Charles E. McKinley for a conviction of transporting moonshine over 55 years ago. "It's a good Christmas present," McKinley says.

Source: AP

Talk About It: Post Thoughts

Three moonshiners and a bank robber are among those pardoned, as is a Denver attorney with Republican political ties. The pardons were issued Tuesday, in keeping with a tradition of granting clemency during the holiday season.

One of those pardoned, Wendy St. Charles, is a lawyer for a Denver homebuilder, MDC Holdings, parent of Richmond American Homes, The Denver Post reported. St. Charles was convicted on drug charges in 1984 and sentenced to four years in prison.

MDC's chairman, Larry Mizel, has contributed more than half a million dollars to Republican campaigns along with his wife, Carol, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A company spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

One of the moonshiners, Carl E. Cantrell of Monteagle, Tenn., said he was arrested at his still without ever selling a drop. He was convicted of federal liquor law violations in 1967 and sentenced to three years' probation.

"I wasn't trying to cause nobody no harm," he told The Knoxville News Sentinel. "I was just trying to make a living."

Also pardoned was Donald Lee Pendergrass of Ramona, Calif., who was convicted of bank robbery with a dangerous weapon in 1964.

The other pardons were for offenses such as drug possession or making false statements on loan applications.

"These are individuals who all applied for clemency, and their applications were reviewed by the Office of the Pardon Attorney and forwarded to the president, who makes the final decision on whether to grant clemency," said Justice Department spokesman John Nowacki.

The Constitution provides the president with the power to grant clemency. A presidential pardon can't expunge a conviction, but it can help regain rights such as voting and owning guns.

Those granted pardons are:

· Carl E. Cantrell. Sentenced in 1967 to three years' probation for violation of IRS liquor laws.

· Charles Winston Carter of Hanna City, Ill. Sentenced in 1964 to two years' probation for conspiracy to steal U.S. property.

· Harper James Finucan of Charleston, S.C. Sentenced in 1980 to 39 months' imprisonment and five years' special parole for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

· Bobby Frank Kay Sr. of Suffolk, Va. Sentenced in 1959 to two years' incarceration and a $1,003 fine for operation of an illegal distillery.

· Melvin L. McKee of Surprise, Ariz. Sentenced in 1982 to five years' probation conditioned upon 400 hours of community service and a $2,500 fine for conspiracy to make and cause the making of false statements in loan applications and aiding and abetting the making of a materially false statement in a loan application.

· Charles Ellis McKinley of Pall Mall, Tennessee. Sentenced in 1950 to two years' probation for violation of IRS liquor laws.

· Pendergrass. Sentenced in 1964 to 12 years' imprisonment for bank robbery.

Charles Blurford Power of Fort Pierce, Fla. Sentenced in 1948 to one year and one day in prison for interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle.

· John Gregory Schillace of Hammond, La. Sentenced in 1988; sentence amended in 1989 to 20 months' imprisonment and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

· St. Charles. Sentenced in 1984 to four years imprisonment, four years of special parole and four years of probation, consecutively, for conspiracy to conduct a narcotics enterprise and distribution of cocaine.

· Jimmy Lee Williams of Mesquite, Texas. Sentenced to five years probation and a $5,000 fine for making a false statement on a loan application.

12/23/05 16:46 EST

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.

geee....I know I'LL sleep better tonight! :anger::doh:

Since Bush seems to be the easy target here and God knows the media and Hollywood would love to bury the guy, I present to you the stellar list of criminals issued pardons by the illustrious Bill Clinton, INCLUDING a member of his OWN FAMILY on conspiracy to distribute cocaine!!!!.. Holy Cow Batman...how does that happen? :nope::nope:

Here is a small sample of a few who benefited:

-- Roger Clinton, who was convicted of drug-related charges in the 1980s. He was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in 1985 to conspiring to distribute cocaine. He cooperated with authorities and testified against other drug defendants.

-- Susan McDougal, a former real estate business partner of the Clintons. She was sentenced in 1996 and released from prison in 1998. She was convicted of four felonies related to a fraudulent $300,000 federally backed loan that she and her husband, James McDougal, never repaid. One tenth of the loan amount was placed briefly in the name of Whitewater Development, the Arkansas real estate venture of the Clintons and the McDougals. Her attorney, Mark Geragos, said he remains hopeful that she would be pardoned, refusing to say whether he has received any indication from the White House that she would be pardoned. She was incarcerated for 21 months.

-- Henry Cisneros, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development during Clinton's first term in office. He was convicted of making false statements to FBI agents conducting a background investigation of him when he was nominated to the Cabinet post in 1993. They included misleading investigators about cash payments he made to a former mistress.

-- Former CIA Director John Deutch. The one-time spy chief and top Pentagon official was facing criminal charges in connection with his mishandling of national secrets on a home computer.

-- Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old newspaper heiress who made headlines in 1974 after she was kidnapped by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). She was later photographed, machine gun in hand, helping the SLA in a bank robbery attempt. Although Hearst would later maintain she was brainwashed, she was convicted and sentenced to seven years in jail for the robbery. President Carter commuted the sentence after she served two years.

-- Former Navaho Nation chief Peter MacDonald. He has been in a Fort Worth, Texas, medical prison as part of a 14-year sentence for inciting a deadly riot. He was convicted of inciting in Window Riot, Arizona in 1989 after he was removed as Navaho chief amid charges of bribery. Two of his supporters were killed.

Bill Clinton issued 395 pardons during his presidency, a number in line with other presidents, however, of those 395, 140 were issued on his final day of his presidency...

In such matters, it is encumbent upon us to present a fair and balanced picture..Bush isnt the only President who has ever issued pardons..who can forget Ford's pardon of Nixon...here is the list..you will have to scroll down quite a bit to get to the end, so i hope you have a lot of time..

www.usdoj.gov/pardon/clintonpardon_grants.htm

ENJOY AND SLEEP WELL...

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In such matters, it is encumbent upon us to present a fair and balanced picture...

Amen! Thanks for that, Fourth Horseman.

I wonder how long some of those old codgers had been waiting for consideration of their clemency requests???

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