Latest Pardons and commutations News

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...

Rwanda frees opposition leader, 2,100 others from prison

Sep. 15, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A prominent Rwandan opposition leader walked free on Saturday after the government approved the early release of more than 2,100 prisoners with little explanation. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza's release surprised many because it is unusual for longtime President Paul Kagame to pardon...

Kavanaugh's lips sealed on White House subpoenas, pardons

Sep. 5, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressured by Democrats with Donald Trump on their minds, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rejected repeated requests at Wednesday's Senate confirmation hearing to reveal his views about a president pardoning himself or being forced to testify in a criminal case. For a second day, the...

The Latest: Kavanaugh grilled about sexual harassment

Sep. 5, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Judge Brett Kavanaugh says victims of sexual harassment need better information about how to come forward. Kavanaugh said in response to pointed questions by Democratic Sen. Mazie...

Kim Kardashian visits Trump to talk prison reform

Sep. 5, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality television star Kim Kardashian West, who successfully pushed President Donald Trump to grant a pardon for a drug offender earlier this year, returned to the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with senior aides as part of the administration's efforts on criminal justice reform....

Cambodia pardons more jailed opposition members

Aug. 27, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Fourteen anti-government activists were given pardons Monday that will free them from long prison terms, the latest in a series of releases engineered by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen after his party's election sweep last month. The 14, including at least 11 former members of...

The Latest: Trump accuses Cohen of lying under pressure

Aug. 22, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7 p.m. President Donald Trump is accusing his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying under pressure of prosecution as his White House grapples with allegations that the president orchestrated a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of...

Pardon sought for Missouri protester who got 8-year sentence

Jul. 31, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri legislator is asking the governor to pardon a man who was sentenced to eight years in prison for starting a fire at a store during a protest over a fatal officer-involved shooting. Democratic Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. said Tuesday that the prison sentence given to Joshua Williams...