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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:11 PM
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Gee. An awful lot of the 14 people Bush just pardoned were drug dealers.
I wonder if that's a coincidence.

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=54211

To: National Desk

Contact: U.S. Department of Justice, Office Public Affairs, 202-514-2008 or 202-514-1888, Web: http://www.USDOJ.gov

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- President George W. Bush granted pardons to the following 14 individuals:

-- Gene Armand Bridger, Elkhart, Ind.

Offense: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and mail fraud; 18 U.S.C. 2, 371, and 1341.

Sentence: May 29, 1963; Western District of Michigan; five years probation

-- Cathryn Iline Clasen-Gage, Rockwall, Texas

Offense: Misprision of a felony; 18 U.S.C. 4.

Sentence: Aug. 21, 1992; Northern District of Texas; 18 months imprisonment and one year of supervised release.

-- Thomas Kimble Collinsworth, Buckner, Ark.

Offense: Receipt of a stolen motor vehicle that had been transported in interstate commerce; 18 U.S.C. 2313.

Sentence: Aug. 22, 1989; Western District of Arkansas; three years probation and a $5,000 fine.

-- Morris F. Cranmer, Jr., Little Rock, Ark.

Offense: Making materially false statements to a federally-insured institution; 18 U.S.C. 1014.

Sentence: March 30, 1988; Eastern District of Arkansas; Nine months incarceration in a community correctional facility, with the condition that he work for the Arkansas Department of Health.

-- Rusty Lawrence Elliott, Mount Pleasant, Tenn.

Offense: Making counterfeit Federal Reserve notes; 18 U.S.C. 471.

Sentence: April 26, 1991; Western District of Missouri; 12 months and one day imprisonment; two years supervised release, and a $500 fine.

-- Adam Wade Graham, Salt Lake City, Utah

Offense: Conspiracy to deliver 10 or more grams of LSD; 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A)(v), and 846.

Sentence: Nov. 23, 1992; District of Wyoming; 30 months imprisonment, later reduced to 11 months and 21 days of imprisonment, and five years supervised release conditioned upon performance of 250 hours community service.

-- Rufus Edward Harris, Canon, Ga.

Offenses: 1.) Possession of tax-unpaid whiskey; 26 U.S.C. 5205 and 2604. 2.) Possession and selling tax-unpaid whiskey; 26 U.S.C. 5601, 5604, and 5205.

Sentence: 1.) June 17, 1963; Middle District of Georgia; two years imprisonment. 2.) May 28, 1970, amended July 24, 1973; Northern District of Georgia; five years incarceration subsequently reduced to two years probation.

-- Jesse Ray Harvey, Scarbro, W.Va.

Offense: Property damage by use of explosives and destruction of an energy facility; 18 U.S.C. 844(i) and 1366(a).

Sentence: April 17, 1990; Southern District of West Virginia; 25 months imprisonment and three years supervised release.

-- Larry Paul Lenius, Moorhead, Minn.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; 21 U.S.C. 846.

Sentence: Sept. 29, 1989, District of North Dakota; 36 months probation conditioned upon three months service in community confinement and payment of $2,500 in restitution.

-- Larry Lee Lopez, Bokeelia, Fla.

Offense: Conspiracy to import marijuana; 21 U.S.C. 952 and 953.

Sentence: July 19, 1985; Middle District of Florida; three years probation.

-- Bobbie Archie Maxwell, Lansing, Mich.

Offense: Mailing a threatening letter; 18 U.S.C. 876.

Sentence: Sept. 6, 1962; Middle District of Georgia; 12 months probation.

-- Denise Bitters Mendelkow, Salt Lake City, Utah

Offense: Embezzlement by a bank employee; 18 U.S.C. 656.

Sentence: May 21, 1981; District of Utah; two years probation conditioned upon payment of restitution.

-- Michael John Pozorski, Schofield, Wis.

Offense: Unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm; 26 U.S.C. 5861(d) and 5871.

Sentence: Sept. 14, 1988; Western District of Wisconsin; four years probation conditioned upon 90 days residence in a community treatment center and payment of a $750 fine.

-- Mark Lewis Weber, Sherwood, Ark.

Offense: Selling Quaalude tablets (one specification), selling, using, and possessing marijuana (three specifications), U.C.M.J., Articles 92 and 134.

Sentence: Aug. 20, 1981; United States Air Force general court-martial convened at Little Rock Air Force Base, Little Rock, Arkansas; 30 months confinement at hard labor, forfeiture of $334 pay per month for 30 months, reduction to the rank of airman basic, and a dishonorable discharge.

http://www.usnewswire.com /

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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:12 PM
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1. Well, you gotta pardon your hook-ups, past and present eh.n/t
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:12 PM
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2. Print that one up and show it to your friends
kicked and nominated
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:12 PM
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3. That's because these people are all entrepreneurs
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Lindacooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:16 PM
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4. Why were they pardoned? Is he going to appoint them to head some
important government agency?
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FloridaPat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:16 PM
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5. All the real criminals are serving in the * administration? He pardoned
a lot of people on probation last time too. Are these the folks that could only come up with $5,000 at his fund raisers?
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Angry Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:21 PM
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6. Professional courtesy from one crook to another n/t
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AnnieBW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:23 PM
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7. What, No Kenny Boy
Oh, I'm sorry... Kenny Boy hasn't even been arrested yet!
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newswolf56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:43 PM
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9. This is precisely what will happen to DeLay:
a presidential pardon -- with re-election guaranteed by whatever means necessary (gerrymander, Diebold etc.). Which is why I'm not joining in the general celebration.
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morgan2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:24 PM
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8. presidential pardons are ridiculous
they serve almost no purpose, and are almost always used as political pay backs in some form or another. These things should be extremely rare, and everyone should be discussed in detail in the news. Political pardons shouldn't be allowed to happen without taking a lot of heat.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:43 PM
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10. The real crooks are still free


Can Bush pardon Bush?
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