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Come All Ye Pardoned: Bush Pardons 19

Posted by tothewire on December 24, 2008

A U.S. Marine salutes as President George W. Bush waves from the steps of Marine One helicopter as he departs the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, to spend the Christmas holiday at the Camp David presidential retreat. Before leaving for the holidays, President Bush commuted one prison sentence and granted 19 pardons, including one to a man who helped the Jewish resistance in the 1940s
A U.S. Marine salutes as President George W. Bush waves from the steps of Marine One helicopter as he departs the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, to spend the Christmas holiday at the Camp David presidential retreat. Before leaving for the holidays, President Bush commuted one prison sentence and granted 19 pardons, including one to a man who helped the Jewish resistance in the 1940s

Before leaving for the holidays, President Bush on Tuesday commuted one prison sentence and granted 19 pardons, including one to a man who helped the Jewish resistance in the 1940s.

With this latest batch, which includes forgiveness for convictions ranging from gun and drug violations to bank and mail fraud, Bush has granted a total of 191 pardons and nine commutations. That’s fewer than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their two terms.

Included in the latest list is Charles Winters, who died in the 1980s in Florida. Winters helped ship arms and aircraft to Jews trying to found their own state in the Middle East. He was convicted of violating the Neutrality Act and served 18 months in prison. Two others, Herman Greenspun and Al Schwimmer, also were convicted but did not serve time. They were later granted presidential pardons.

The only other presidential pardon granted posthumously in recent times was given to Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Flipper was drummed out of the Army after white officers mistakenly accused him of embezzling about $3,800 from commissary funds.

In addition to Winters, others granted pardons were:

—William Alvis III, of Flushing, Ohio.

—John Allen Aregood of Riviera, Texas.

—Eric Charles Blanke of Parker, Colo.

—Steve Doyle Cavender of The Villages, Fla.

—Marie Elena Eppens of Lynden, Wash.

—Lydia Lee Ferguson of Sun City, Ariz.

—Eduviges Duvi Gonzalez-Matsumura of Clovis, Calif.

—George Clarence Greene Jr. of Gray, Ga.

—James Won Hee Kang of South Barrington, Ill.

—Alan Stephen Maiss of Reno, Nev.

—Richard Harold Miller of Tallahassee, Fla.

—Delano Abraham Nixon of Neosho Rapids, Kan.

—John H. Overholt of Black Hawk, S.D.

—Morris Keith Parker of Georgetown, S.C.

—Robert Truman Reece of Redondo Beach, Calif.

—Donald Edward Roessler of Harrison, Ohio.

—Issac Robert Toussie of Brooklyn, N.Y.

—David Lane Woolsey of St. George, Utah.

Bush also commuted the prison sentence of Reed Raymond Prior of Des Moines, Iowa.

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer

http://abcnews.go.com

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3 Responses to “Come All Ye Pardoned: Bush Pardons 19”

  1. tothewire said

    I was pleased to see Charles Winters on the list, so sad he isn’t here to enjoy it.

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  2. Anna said

    It is very sad that President Bush did not see fit to pardon Joseph Occhipinti a highly decorated former US Immigration officer. An injustice was done to Mr. Occipinti who had to serve jail time and it’s about time his name was cleared of any wrong doing. The story is long and involved but a brief account follows.

    Twenty years ago NYC PO Michael J. Buczek was murdered in the line of duty by Domincan drug dealers who had just robbed other drug dealers of drugs and money. No one knew who was responsible. Occipinit tried to help identify who murdered Buczek and entered a Washington Heights bodega looking for information. Mr. Occipinti was later accused by the Domincan drug cartel of entering the bodega without permission.Untrue!!! Occipinti had gotten a signed document from the bodega’s owner granting permission to enter the bodega and did so with another NYPD police officer.

    At his trial crucial and critical information was suppressed, the other police officers corroberation of the events meant nothing. On top of that his attorney became seriously ill and unable to adequately represent him. The judge denied a change of attorney and at the request of the “Federation of Dominican Merchants and Industrialists of New York” which according to NYPD was a front for the drug cartel,the mayor at the time pushed hard for the criminal prosecution of Mr. Occipinti. This is an outrage which should have been resolved years ago. Once again the criminals receive more credence than the police officers trying to bring them to justice.

    A cop was killed and a highly decorated US Immigraton Officer ends up in jail

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  3. Rj said

    You actually know the people on this list? What about pardoning the Cuban 5?

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