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Woman who killed pimp pardoned by California governor

Jul. 02, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday pardoned a former inmate who received a life sentence when she was a teenager for killing her former pimp. It's the final step in an official redemption that has spanned more than a decade and three governors of both...

S. Korean prosecutors grant ex-president temporary release

Jun. 28, 2022 08:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors granted ex-President Lee Myung-bak a three-month release from prison over health concerns Tuesday after he served less than three years of a 17-year sentence for corruption. Lee, 80, could be sent back to prison at the end of that...

Hearing: Trump told Justice Dept. to call election 'corrupt'

Jun. 23, 2022 22:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump hounded the Justice Department to pursue his false election fraud claims, striving in vain to enlist top law enforcement officials in his desperate bid to stay in power and relenting only when warned in the Oval Office of mass resignations, according to testimony...

Former Trump aides in Jan. 6 testimony say GOP lawmakers sought presidential pardons after Capitol attack

Jun. 23, 2022 17:20 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump aides in Jan. 6 testimony say GOP lawmakers sought presidential pardons after Capitol attack.

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 15, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Lancaster Lancaster Online/LNP. June 12, 2022. Editorial: Pa. Supreme Court should allow cities to impose gun regulations aimed at improving safety Everyone knows that Philadelphia has a gun violence problem. The city has been experiencing a horrific number of gun...

Idaho Supreme Court considers death row clemency case

Jun. 13, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on whether the state's constitution gives a governor the power to reject a state commission’s clemency decision for a death row inmate, but held off making a ruling. Gerald Pizzuto Jr. has spent more than three...

Man sentenced to 8 years on federal charge after commutation

May. 18, 2022 12:38 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A man who was charged by federal prosecutors with producing child pornography after former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin issued a commutation for state sex crime convictions has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Dayton R. Jones, 28, received the sentence on...

Lawyer says Georgia man set for execution should be spared

May. 13, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The life of a Georgia man set to be executed Tuesday for killing an 8-year-old girl should be spared, his lawyer argues, explaining that her client has significant cognitive impairments that likely contributed to his crimes and has suffered horrific abuse in prison. ...

Prominent Egyptian activist freed after presidential pardon

Apr. 28, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday released a prominent political activist serving a four-year-sentence on terror charges that rights advocate have deemed baseless. Hossam Monis' freeing came on the heels of the release of several high-profile detainees, days before the...

Oregon governor's clemency of murderer unleashes criticism

Apr. 27, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 1994, Kyle Hedquist led a teenager down a remote logging road, then shot her in the back of the head because he feared she might tell police about burglaries he'd committed. This month, Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown granted clemency to Hedquist, who was serving a...