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Politico pardoned by Trump accused of illegal campaign scam

Sep. 20, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican political operative pardoned by President Donald Trump after his conviction in a 2012 bribery plot has been charged again with campaign-related crimes, this time involving a 2016 illegal campaign contribution scheme and a Russian national. ...

Minnesota Supreme Court says pardon votes must be unanimous

Sep. 16, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that unanimous votes are required for the state Board of Pardons to grant clemency. Justices overruled a lower court that had declared the 124-year-old standard to be unconstitutional. The order by...

Man whose sentence commuted by ex-governor to plead guilty

Sep. 14, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man whose sentence was commuted by former Gov. Matt Bevin is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court, where he is charged with producing child pornography, according to court records. Dayton R. Jones, 27, of Hopkinsville, pleaded...

Oklahoma board urges governor to commute death sentence

Sep. 13, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board on Monday recommended the governor commute the death sentence of Julius Jones, who has maintained his innocence in a 1999 killing that has garnered national attention. The five-member board...

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends governor commute sentence of death row inmate Julius Jones

Sep. 13, 2021 13:50 PM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends governor commute sentence of death row inmate Julius Jones.

Lawyer: Court must bar duo from deciding on death row case

Sep. 10, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board will likely recommend that a high-profile inmate's death sentence be commuted unless two board members are barred from taking part in the decision, a lawyer for a county district attorney argued before a state Supreme Court referee...

Evers sets torrid pace on pardons, simplifies applications

Sep. 07, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has been granting pardons at a torrid pace after his predecessor didn't issue any for eight years, and has announced new moves to streamline and simplify the pardon application process. Evers announced 71 additional...

Indiana pardon requests have dwindled with state law change

Sep. 04, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued seven pardons to convicted criminals during his first year in office, including a man who spent eight years in prison despite evidence he was wrongly convicted of armed robbery. Holcomb, however, hasn’t granted any...

Israel promotes military handler of agent who spied on U.S.

Sep. 01, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is granting a promotion to the handler of an agent who spied on the United States, more than 30 years after the episode strained U.S.-Israel ties and less than a year after the handler was pardoned by former President Donald Trump. Ex-air force...

Black men executed in 1951 rape granted posthumous pardons

Aug. 31, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons Tuesday to seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman, in a case that attracted pleas for mercy from around the world and in recent years has been denounced as an example of racial...