Latest Pardons and commutations News

Ohio governor disappointed by 1st year pardon plan results

Jan. 22, 2021 3:50 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Results from a program to make applying for pardons simpler and faster have been a disappointment, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday as he made a push to promote the program he launched a year ago. The Republican governor launched the Expedited Pardon Project in December 2019 to...

FILE - In this March 5, 2008, file photo, is then-U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, who represented Arizona in Congress from 2003 to 2009, in Tucson. Outgoing President Donald Trump pardoned Renzi, who had been convicted of corruption, money laundering and other charges. The pardon comes four years after Renzi was released from prison. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Trump pardons ex-Arizona congressman in corruption case

Jan. 21, 2021 12:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Rick Renzi, the former three-term Republican congressman in Arizona who served nearly two years in prison for extortion and money laundering convictions and complained that he was treated unfairly by federal law enforcement authorities, was among the 73 people pardoned by President Donald...

FILE - In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Las Vegas gambler William

Insider trading sentence of Vegas gambler commuted by Trump

Jan. 21, 2021 12:09 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas professional gambler, real estate mogul and philanthropist who was convicted in an insider trading case said Wednesday he's grateful his prison sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump. William “Billy” Walters said in a statement issued through...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

FILE - In this June, 24, 2004 Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is shown in Detroit. President Donald Trump commuted the 28-year prison sentence of the disgraced former Detroit mayor, who was convicted on federal corruption charges and served about seven years. The announcement Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, came in a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of Trump's White House term. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US releases Detroit's disgraced former mayor from prison

Jan. 20, 2021 8:04 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for corruption crimes, was released from federal prison Wednesday after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Associated Press. The...

FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Robert Zangrillo departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The Miami developer and investor, one of many charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite universities, was pardoned early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by President Donald Trump. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Trump pardons in California extend to former congressman

Jan. 20, 2021 6:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham admitted in 2005 to accepting $2.4 million in illegal gifts from defense contractors in exchange for government contracts and other favors, it was considered the largest bribery scandal in congressional history. The disgraced former...

This undated photo provided by Fourth Purpose shows Josh Smith, of Knoxville, Tenn. At least four Tennessee men are among the people pardoned by President Donald Trump during the final hours of his term, and three of them have dedicated their lives to helping other inmates and those at risk of incarceration. Smith is trying to make it easier for prisoners to reintegrate into society. (Fourth Purpose via AP)

At least 4 Tennessee men receive presidential pardons

Jan. 20, 2021 6:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least four Tennessee men are among the 73 people pardoned by President Donald Trump during the final hours of his term, and three of them have dedicated their lives to helping other inmates and those at risk of incarceration. Robert Sherrill is a Nashville resident who served...

Trump pardons Mississippi physician convicted of bribery

Jan. 20, 2021 6:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of the people pardoned during Donald Trump's final hours as president is a Mississippi physician who pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge in 2012. Dr. Robert S. Corkern was the president, secretary and treasurer of Batesville Hospital Management, which handled business...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, speaks with reporters in New York after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall. Trump is expected to pardon Bannon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency action that appears to be still in flux in the last hours of his presidency. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters

Jan. 20, 2021 6:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former congressman who pocketed millions of dollars in bribes from defense contractors. A Republican fundraiser who was paid handsome sums to illicitly lobby a presidential administration. An influential voice in conservative circles accused of duping donors who supported a border wall....

FILE - This Sept. 24, 2019 photo shows former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, right, in front of his attorney, Miles Ehrlich, outside of a federal courthouse in San Francisco.  President Donald Trump has pardoned Levandowski, who plead guilty to stealing trade secrets before joining Uber’s effort to build robotic vehicles for its ride-hailing service. Levandowski was among the more than 140 people included in a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of Trump’s White House term.   (AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)

Trump's pardon blitz keeps ex-Google exec out of prison

Jan. 20, 2021 5:19 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A long-running Silicon Valley soap opera took an unexpected twist on Wednesday after outgoing President Donald Trump pardoned a former Google engineer for stealing self-driving car secrets shortly before joining Uber. Trump's surprise pardon of Anthony Levandowski enables him to...