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FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Israeli Naama Issachar gestures during an appeal hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia.  Israeli Issachar jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin. State news agency Tass reported Sunday that Naama Issachar's lawyer said the request was filed following a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that she could not be pardoned without making a personal appeal.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)

Israeli backpacker jailed in Russia files for pardon

Jan. 26, 2020 10:43 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin. State news agency Tass reported Sunday that Naama Issachar's lawyer said the request was filed following a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that she couldn't be...

Israeli Naama Issachar gestures during an appeal hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. An Israeli backpacker serving prison time in Russia on a drug conviction is appealing her case and says she was wasn't provided a translator or lawyer after being detained at a Moscow airport. She was arrested in April in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, where she was transferring flights en route from India to Israel. More than nine grams of hashish were found in her luggage. She was later sentenced to 7 1/2 years. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

Israeli woman jailed in Russia yet to ask for pardon

Jan. 24, 2020 5:48 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges cannot be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin until she herself petitions for it, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday. Naama Issachar, 26, was arrested in April at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where she was transferring flights on her way from...

FILE — In this Aug. 1, 1963 file photo Bayard Rustin, leader of the March on Washington poses in New York City. California lawmakers, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D- San Diego, called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon Rustin, who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams)

California governor asked to pardon late gay rights leader

Jan. 21, 2020 6:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature’s LGBTQ and black caucuses on Tuesday asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon a civil rights leader who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago. Bayard Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with being an...

This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Jimmy Fletcher Meders. Georgia’s parole board on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, spared the life of Meders just hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.  (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

Georgia board spares prisoner's life hours before execution

Jan. 16, 2020 3:15 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s parole board on Thursday spared the life of a prisoner just hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state...

Georgia parole board spares life of man hours ahead of scheduled execution. Sentence commuted to life without parole.

Jan. 16, 2020 1:06 PM EST
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia parole board spares life of man hours ahead of scheduled execution. Sentence commuted to life without parole.

Key Kentucky lawmaker suggests creating pardons commission

Jan. 15, 2020 5:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After a much-criticized flurry of last-minute pardons by ex-Gov. Matt Bevin, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers predicted Wednesday that lawmakers will try to modify the pardon process. The process has drawn intense scrutiny since Bevin, a Republican, issued hundreds of pardons...

Maine Gov. Janet Mills wipes a tear after becoming emotional before signing papers to posthumously pardon Don Gellers, a Passamaquoddy tribal lawyer convicted of marijuana possession, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at the Statehouse in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine governor pardons tribal attorney for 1968 pot charge

Jan. 7, 2020 4:07 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A tribal attorney arrested for possessing marijuana while fighting for Passamaquoddy tribe land rights in 1968 was granted a posthumous pardon on Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills had tears in her eyes after signing the pardon for the late Don Gellers on Tuesday, telling a group...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, prominent South Sudanese activist and economist Peter Biar Ajak prepares to embrace his wife Nyathon Hoth Mai, left, as she weeps after he was sentenced to two years in prison, in a courtroom in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A lawyer said Friday, Jan 3, 2020 that the prominent South Sudan activist and economist has not been freed from prison despite being pardoned in a presidential decree. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

Prominent South Sudan activist released from prison

Jan. 4, 2020 2:33 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A prominent South Sudan activist and economist was freed from prison Saturday after a presidential pardon and said he will return to his work to ensure peace goes forward in the country after years of civil war. Peter Biar Ajak in a brief statement to reporters said his detention...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, prominent South Sudanese activist and economist Peter Biar Ajak prepares to embrace his wife Nyathon Hoth Mai, left, as she weeps after he was sentenced to two years in prison, in a courtroom in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A lawyer said Friday, Jan 3, 2020 that the prominent South Sudan activist and economist has not been freed from prison despite being pardoned in a presidential decree. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

Prominent South Sudan activist pardoned but not yet freed

Jan. 3, 2020 1:31 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A lawyer says a prominent South Sudan activist and economist has not been freed from prison despite being pardoned in a presidential decree. Ajak Mayol Bior said Friday that the decree issued Thursday evening must be implemented so Peter Biar Ajak can walk free. Human rights...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin looks out at the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear  in a close race, issued more than 400 pardons, including one for a convicted killer whose family raised campaign money for Bevin. This was one of the top stories in Kentucky in 2019.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Kentucky AG asks FBI to probe former Gov. Bevin's pardons

Jan. 2, 2020 4:27 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new Republican attorney general has asked the FBI to investigate a flurry of pardons by former Gov. Matt Bevin. The pardons have drawn criticism from both sides of the political aisle after media reports highlighted some that went to convicts who had wealthy or politically...