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South Dakota turkeys head to White House seeking pardons

Nov. 15, 2018 5:27 PM EST

HURON, S.D. (AP) — A pair of South Dakota turkeys will make their way to the nation's capital in the hopes of receiving presidential pardons and avoiding ending up as Thanksgiving dinner at the White House. Tourism officials in the birds' hometown of Huron paraded the turkeys around the city on Wednesday...

Amish farmer seeks pardon by Trump for mislabeling products

Nov. 15, 2018 8:16 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Amish farmer in Kentucky is asking President Donald Trump for a pardon after he was sentenced to six years in federal prison for mislabeling homemade herbal products. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday that 58-year-old Samuel Girod filed his petition with the U.S....

Cambodian who killed as teen, faces deportation seeks pardon

Oct. 25, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — By his own account, Borey Ai was a 14-year-old gangster when he killed a woman during a robbery that netted about $300. He spent 19 years in prison before parole officials decided he had turned his life around. He walked out of San Quentin prison in November 2016 and into the...

Billionaire Boys Club's Joe Hunt seeks cut in life sentence

Oct. 22, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The young Joe Hunt once used his intelligence, a high-energy salesman's patter and powers of persuasion to get wealthy friends to invest in his Billionaire Boys Club to fuel an opulent lifestyle that abruptly ended with a first-degree murder conviction and a prison sentence of life...

Court picks prosecutor to defend ruling on Arpaio's pardon

Oct. 16, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Los Angeles attorney has been appointed to defend a ruling by a lower court judge who refused to erase the criminal record of former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was pardoned by President Trump. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday picked Christopher G. Caldwell to argue...

Peru court overturns pardon of ex-leader Fujimori

Oct. 3, 2018 8:34 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a medical pardon for former President Alberto Fujimori and ordered the strongman be returned to jail to serve out a long sentence for human rights abuses. Images broadcast on local television stations showed the 80-year-old Fujimori getting out...

Cambodia grants pardon to Australian filmmaker sentenced to 6 years' imprisonment on espionage charge

Sep. 21, 2018 6:58 AM EDT
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia grants pardon to Australian filmmaker sentenced to 6 years' imprisonment on espionage charge.

Malaysian death sentences commuted for 3 Mexican brothers

Sep. 21, 2018 2:51 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The deaths sentences against three Mexican brothers convicted of drug trafficking in Malaysia have been commuted to prison terms, a lawyer said Friday. Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said the prison department confirmed the sentences had been commuted by the state sultan on March...

Hearing denied for man who blames killing on war flashback

Sep. 20, 2018 8:45 PM EDT

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has denied a pardon hearing request Thursday from a man who strangled his fiancée and stabbed her seven times in the heart 35 years ago. WMUR-TV reports that the Executive Council voted 3-2 on Thursday not to hold a public hearing to re-examine the case of Gary...

Oklahoma board denies commutation in domestic violence case

Sep. 19, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board has denied a request to commute the 30-year prison sentence of a woman convicted of failing to report the abuse of her children by her boyfriend, who received only two years behind bars for the abuse. The board denied the request for 34-year-old...