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December 29, 2004

Interesting state pardon stories

Though President Bush's stingy approach to pardons is getting the media and blog buzz, the stories of state governors considering pardons and clemencies this time of year are likewise compelling.  (Tuesday morning's great Washington Post editorial merits extra credit for contrasting Bush's approach on these issues to that of republican governors in California and Maryland.)

A few recent newspaper articles capture some of the poltical and human dynamics that surround state pardon and clemency decision-making.  The titles of the articles alone provide a sense of the drama:

In addition, linked at the end of this post are earlier stories about pardons issued by governors in South Dakota and Vermont.

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I own a business that provides executive clemency application assistance. I am a community education major and graduate* of UW-Milwaukee. I am not a 501 c 3 organization, I'm inc. I am finding incredible opposition to the service I provide. I am not practicing LAW becuse I dont represent my clients in a legal capacity. I've reluctantly come to understand the power that I am wheelding, I only want positive change-a check if you will to the system that only creates prisons and stiff sentences. My services are wanted by a populace that does not have the money but recognize the need for it.

Posted by: henry anderson | Jan 1, 2005 8:47:43 PM

i want your help

Posted by: rick bailey | Jan 19, 2005 9:55:05 PM

can you help me get a pardon

Posted by: rick bailey | Jan 19, 2005 9:58:23 PM

i need help getting a pardon in washington state.

Posted by: Joshua Hawley | Mar 10, 2005 11:03:27 PM

Hello My name is Lakishia Walker. I am now enrolled at CHI Institute for Criminal Justice.
My goal is study forensic pschology better know as profiling with the FBI. Unfortunately I ran into some problems with the law. I have at least three convictions as misdemeanors. I was told that the state gives pardons. If possible e-mail me everything you know of this. Please keep my e-mail address if you come across more information

Thank you

Posted by: Lakishia Walker | Nov 14, 2005 5:57:19 PM

when i was 16yrs old i made some pretty bad choices and hung out
with the wrong group of kids and as a result of that I was charged with a
rob 1 A FELONY. im now 24yrs old, married for almost 6yrs with two little girls.
becuase of my past I have the hardest time finding a decent job or place to live. As an adult I have not done anything but, this is on my adult record because i was tryed as an adult. if you can help me get a pardon or give me any information that could help to go about getting one I would really appreciate it. thanks so much.


Posted by: tiffany albritton | Aug 11, 2008 8:25:33 PM

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