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July 29, 2019

Prez Trump gets back to using his clemency pen with two commutations and five pardons

As reported in this article from The Hill, "President Trump on Monday commuted the sentences of two nonviolent criminals and granted pardons to five others who previously pleaded guilty to nonviolent crimes but have completed their sentences." Here are details:

The White House announced that Trump commuted the sentence of Ronen Nahmani, who was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring to distribute a synthetic drug known as spice. The White House said Nahmani was a first-time offender with no prior criminal history who has five young children at home and a wife battling terminal cancer. The release also noted his case for an early release received support from bipartisan lawmakers.

Trump also commuted the sentence of Ted Suhl, an Arkansas man who was convicted in 2016 on four counts of bribery after prosecutors said he took part in a scheme to increase Medicaid payments to his company. Suhl appealed the ruling, but it was upheld, and he intended to file for an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. The White House noted his "spotless disciplinary record" while incarcerated and highlighted his support from former Gov. Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins.

In addition, Trump granted executive clemency to five people. The president pardoned John Richard Bubala, who pleaded guilty in 1990 to improper use of federal government property by transferring automotive equipment to the town of Milltown, Ind. Trump also pardoned Roy Wayne McKeever, who pleaded guilty in 1989 after he was arrested for transporting marijuana from Mexico to Oklahoma. McKeever was 19 at the time and served one year in jail.

Rodney Takumi received a pardon for a conviction over a 1987 arrest while he was working at an illegal gambling parlor. Takumi now owns a tax preparation franchise within the Navajo Nation, the White House said.

Trump granted clemency to Michael Tedesco, who was convicted in 1990 of drug trafficking and fraud. Former President Obama had pardoned Tedesco in 2017, but the fraud conviction remained on his record due to a clerical error. Trump's pardon will remove that charge, allowing Tedesco to obtain state licenses needed for his business.

The president also pardoned Chalmer Lee Williams, who was convicted in 1995 of several crimes related to theft of firearms and checked luggage during his time as a baggage handler. Williams served four months in prison and two years of supervised release. His voting rights in Kentucky were restored in 1998, the White House said....

With Monday's announcements, Trump has now pardoned or reduced the sentences of 19 individuals since taking office.

I had literally written to someone just today that I had largely given up on Prez Trump using his clemency powers regularly, and here he goes again. I was involved in helping to write an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to take up the Nahmani case, so I am very pleased to see that the executive branch provided some relief to an extreme sentence after the judicial branch failed to do so.

Here are the official statements from the White House on these new clemency grants:

President Trump Commutes Sentence of Ronen Nahmani

President Trump Commutes Sentence of Ted Suhl

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency

July 29, 2019 at 04:58 PM | Permalink

Comments

>Trump granted clemency to Michael Tedesco, who was convicted in 1990 of drug trafficking and fraud. Former President Obama had pardoned Tedesco in 2017, but the fraud conviction remained on his record due to a clerical error...

That clerk doesn't deserve a pardon.

Posted by: Daniel | Jul 29, 2019 11:00:48 PM

CNN just reported that President Trump has issued a pardon to himself for all of his past, current, and future crimes. Upon hearing the news, Senator Susan Collins expressed “concern.”

Posted by: Michael R. Levine | Jul 30, 2019 10:19:15 AM

Mr. Levine, upon hearing the news, Sean Hannity appeared to smile, and was later overheard to mutter "Benghazi."

Posted by: anon1 | Jul 30, 2019 12:21:19 PM

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