Latest Pardons and commutations News

Auschwitz memorial director seeks clemency for Nigerian boy

Sep. 25, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The director of the Auschwitz Memorial appealed to Nigeria's president on Friday to pardon a 13-year-old boy who was sentenced to 120 months of prison on blasphemy charges, even volunteering to serve part of the boy's sentence. Piotr Cywinski wrote to Nigerian President Muhammadu...

In this undated photo, provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, is Gilmar Guevara. For the second time in as many weeks, Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, commuted the death sentence of Guevara after agreeing with findings that he was ineligible to be executed because of an intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals changed the death sentence that Guevara had faced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

2nd Texas death row inmate declared intellectually disabled

Sep. 23, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — For the second time in as many weeks, Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of an inmate after agreeing with findings that he was ineligible to be executed because of an intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals changed the death...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Juan Lizcano. Texas' highest criminal court has commuted the death sentence of Lizcano after agreeing with findings he was ineligible to be executed because of intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday, Sept 16, 2020, changed Lizcano's death sentence to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Appeals court commutes death sentence of Texas inmate

Sep. 16, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of a Mexican man after agreeing with findings that he was ineligible to be executed because of an intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals changed the death sentence that Juan Lizcano had faced...

Wisconsin governor pardons 9 more, raising total to 65

Sep. 15, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has pardoned nine more people, raising the total number of people he's pardoned since he took office to 65. Evers' office announced the pardons Tuesday. The Democratic governor resumed granting pardons last year after his Republican predecessor, Scott Walker,...

In this photo provided by the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration Public Information Office, (PIO), U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, center, is escorted as he arrives at the airport before boarding a U.S. military plane in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Pemberton, a U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman, was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. (Bureau of Immigration PIO via AP)

Philippines deports US Marine in transgender killing

Sep. 13, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2015, file photo, convicted U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton is escorted to his detention cell upon arrival at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine president pardoned the U.S. Marine on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 in a surprise move that will free him from imprisonment in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman that sparked anger in the former American colony. (Ted Aljibe/Pool Photo, File)

Philippine leader pardons US Marine in transgender killing

Sep. 7, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president pardoned a U.S. Marine on Monday in a surprise move that will free him from imprisonment in the 2014 killing of a transgender Filipino woman that sparked anger in the former American colony. President Rodrigo Duterte said he decided to pardon Lance Cpl....

Mississippi gov: No plan for pardon in life sentence for pot

Aug. 31, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he's not currently thinking about pardoning a woman who is serving a life sentence after she was caught with marijuana during a traffic stop and was sentenced as a habitual offender because of previous convictions. Tameka Drummer, now 46,...

President Donald Trump speaks with Alice Marie Johnson as he issues a full pardon for Johnson in Oval Office of the White House on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump pardons Alice Johnson, who praised him in RNC speech

Aug. 28, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned a woman on Friday who was a featured speaker on the final night of the Republican National Convention and had praised him as a compassionate leader. Trump pardoned Alice Marie Johnson, who had spent more than two decades serving life without parole for a...

Fireworks light up the sky over Washington after President Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the White House to the 2020 Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Latest: GOP convention wraps up with opera, fireworks

Aug. 28, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Convention — the first political convention ever held at the White House — has ended with opera and fireworks. President Donald Trump wrapped up his speech closing out the RNC on Thursday by recounting the achievements of the nation’s pioneers...

Iowa gov denies commutation for grandmother serving life

Aug. 26, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has rejected a request to commute the life sentence of a 74-year-old grandmother serving a life sentence for her role in a 1979 murder-for-hire plot. Judy White has served 41 years in prison since her conviction in 1979 of conspiring to murder 39-year-old Ady...