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Michigan governor on way out pardoned 'career drunk driver'

Feb. 13, 2019 5:52 PM EST

TROY, Mich. (AP) — In his final days in office, Gov. Rick Snyder wiped out the felony drunken-driving conviction of a man who pleaded for a pardon so he could seek a promotion as the next president of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. Jim Jagger's application for a pardon sailed...

Inmate freed with help by Kim Kardashian West gets book deal

Feb. 6, 2019 12:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An inmate whose life sentence was commuted thanks in part to the efforts of Kim Kardashian West has a book deal, along with deals for film and television rights. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday that Alice Marie Johnson's "After Life: My Journey From...

Trump guests include freed drug offender, bullied student

Feb. 4, 2019 9:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman freed from federal prison after President Donald Trump cut short her life sentence for drug offenses and a Delaware boy allegedly bullied because his last name is Trump headline a varied group of 13 guests who will sit with first lady Melania Trump for the State of the Union...

Tennessee governor grants parole in murder-for-hire case

Jan. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is granting parole to a man serving a life sentence in a 1994 murder-for-hire, saying the inmate has "undergone a transformation" behind bars. But a woman he shot and partially blinded in the attack says she's terrified she might encounter him again once...

Florida pardons 4 black men accused of 1949 rape

Jan. 11, 2019 4:03 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a dramatic, hourlong meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a racial...

Florida has granted posthumous pardons to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago

Jan. 11, 2019 11:08 AM EST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has granted posthumous pardons to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago.

Arpaio criminal record case 1 step closer to moving forward

Jan. 3, 2019 4:28 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The legal case of whether former Phoenix metro sheriff Joe Arpaio will still have a criminal record despite his pardon by President Donald Trump is one step closer to moving forward after the U.S. Justice Department decided not to oppose the appointment of a special prosecutor named to...

'Ear Hustle' host is freed, but prison podcast will go on

Jan. 2, 2019 4:14 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counselors or youth advocates. For Walter "Earlonne" Woods, the path to freedom was podcasting. Woods, 47, was recently released from San Quentin...

Brown victory, Hammond pardon top Oregon stories

Dec. 27, 2018 11:17 AM EST

Gov. Kate Brown's election to her first full term was voted Oregon's top news story of 2018 by Associated Press staff. Other top news items of the past 12 months included President Donald Trump's pardoning of the ranchers whose imprisonment sparked a standoff at a remote Oregon wildlife refuge, a fatal cougar...

The Latest: California governor pardons 5 Cambodian refugees

Dec. 24, 2018 7:36 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on clemency actions by California Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local): 4:30 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown has pardoned five refugees from Cambodia and another immigrant from Honduras who faced the possibility of deportation because of their criminal convictions. The...