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FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2015 file photo, Myanmar migrants Win Zaw Htun, right, and Zaw Lin, left, both 22, are escorted by officials after their guilty verdict at court in Koh Samui, Thailand. The two were convicted of killing 24-year-old British David Miller and raping and killing 23-year-old British Hannah Witheridge, whose battered bodies were found on a beach in 2014 on the island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand, a popular destination for diving. They had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 under a general clemency decree issued by King Maha Vajiralongkorn. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn, File)

Thailand commutes death sentences in killings of UK tourists

Aug. 14, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two migrant workers from Myanmar convicted in the 2014 killings of two young British tourists on a Thai holiday island have had their death sentences reduced to life imprisonment. Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were among many convicts in Thai prisons whose sentences were reduced under a clemency...

Wisconsin governor pardons 9 people, raising total to 56

Aug. 12, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers announced nine pardons on Wednesday, raising the total he's issued to 56. Evers resumed granting pardons last year after his predecessor, Gov. Scott Walker, didn't issue a single one over eight years. A pardon doesn’t erase or seal a conviction, but it does...

File - In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, Jonathan Nez addresses a crowd after he was sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Nez has asked President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of fellow tribe member Lezmond Mitchell to life in prison. Nez cited the tribe's longstanding opposition to the death penalty in a July 31, 2020, letter to Trump. Mitchell is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

Navajo Nation president asks Trump to commute death sentence

Aug. 11, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has asked President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of a Navajo man convicted in the 2001 killing of a fellow tribal member and her 9-year-old granddaughter. Nez cited the tribe’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty in a July 31...

Governor denies clemency to inmate seeking doctorate degree

Jul. 25, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor has denied a request to commute the prison sentence of an inmate convicted of attempted murder that's been accepted into a doctorate program. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' office recently denied Brandon Brown's clemency petition, the Portland Press Herald reported...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

House Democrats move to check Trump's pardon power

Jul. 23, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee voted Thursday to try and rein in President Donald Trump’s clemency powers, approving legislation to discourage pardons for friends and family and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves. While the bills are unlikely to pass the GOP-led Senate, Democrats say...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Roger Stone calls Black radio host 'Negro' in interview

Jul. 19, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

Roger Stone, a political operative whose 40-month prison sentence was commuted this month by President Donald Trump, his longtime friend, called a Los Angeles-based Black radio host a “Negro” on the air during a contentious interview. The exchange occurred on Saturday's Mo'Kelly Show, whose host...

Wisconsin governor issues 18 more pardons

Jul. 16, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers announced 18 pardons on Thursday, the most he's made at one time since reviving the issuing of pardons last year following an eight year hiatus under former Gov. Scott Walker. Evers issued his first pardons in October and has now pardoned 47 people. A pardon...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 14 The New York Times on extending unemployment benefits in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic: Unemployment benefits provide people who lose jobs with a little help for a little while. The money is not really enough to live...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Judge seeks more details on Trump's clemency for Roger Stone

Jul. 13, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday demanded more information about President Donald Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered that the parties provide her by Tuesday with a copy of the executive order that commuted...

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Trump was returning from a visit to nearby Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

2020 Watch: How many more Americans will die from COVID-19?

Jul. 13, 2020 5:55 AM EDT

Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 113 ___ THE NARRATIVE These are among the darkest days of President Donald Trump's presidency. Coronavirus infections are exploding, the economic recovery is in jeopardy and Trump...