Latest Pardons and commutations News

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the third day of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

Takeaways: Pardon power, silent mics on Barrett's final day

Oct. 14, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care again played a starring role in Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee as Democrats sought to highlight an issue they want voters to consider on Election Day. During Wednesday's hearing, Barrett maintained her view...

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Barrett's confirmation hearing ends for the day

Oct. 14, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing has gaveled to a close for the day, wrapping up three days of testimony. Acknowledging the deeply divided Senate,...

Mark McCloskey addresses the press alongside his wife Patricia on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, outside the Carnahan Courthouse, in St. Louis, Mo. The couple's hearing scheduled for Tuesday was postponed until next week. The McCloskeys were charged in July with brandishing guns at protesters outside their Portland Place mansion in June. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Missouri governor says again he will pardon St. Louis couple

Oct. 7, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday he “most certainly would” pardon a St. Louis couple if they are convicted of gun charges after waving guns at protesters walking in front of their home this summer. Mark and Patricia McCloskey were indicted Tuesday on charges of...

FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Tennessee death row inmate Pervis Payne. Payne on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, asked the governor to commute his sentence to life in prison, or, at the very least, to postpone his execution until lawmakers can fix a loophole that prevents him from presenting evidence of intellectual disability to avoid execution. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee inmate who claims innocence asks for clemency

Oct. 5, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate who has always claimed innocence asked the governor on Monday to commute his sentence to life in prison. Pervis Payne, 53, is scheduled to die on Dec. 3 for the 1987 stabbing deaths of Charisse Christopher and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie Jo....

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...

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....

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...