Latest Pardons and commutations News

New York governor signs law aimed at foiling Trump pardons

Oct. 16, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Wednesday clearing away legal hurdles that could have prevented state prosecutions of people pardoned by President Donald Trump for federal crimes. Supporters of the new law, including newly empowered Democrats elected last year, said New York's...

Netanyahu asks Russia to free imprisoned Israeli woman

Oct. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia. Russia last week sentenced Naama Issachar, 26, to seven and a half years in prison, months after she was stopped in Moscow's international airport...

Israeli president asks Putin to pardon imprisoned tourist

Oct. 13, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia. Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison last week after being arrested at Moscow's international airport in April reportedly with...

Rwanda's president pardons 52 women jailed over abortions

Oct. 11, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's president has pardoned and ordered the release of 52 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. Thursday's decision follows Rwanda's revision of its penal code, which previously imposed prison sentences for anyone who had an abortion or helped in...

Thai court sentences Taiwanese to life for smuggling heroin

Oct. 9, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday commuted a Taiwanese man's sentence for smuggling heroin to life imprisonment after sentencing him to death. A Bangkok Criminal Court official confirmed Thai media reports that 38-year-old Chen Kuan Lin had been arrested while trying to smuggle 5.6 kilograms...

Oklahoma board recommends release in failure-to-protect case

Oct. 8, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman who has already served 15 years in prison for failing to report her boyfriend, who served just two years behind bars for abusing her children, on Tuesday moved a step closer to freedom. Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously to recommend 35-year-old...

Wisconsin governor issues state's 1st pardons since 2010

Oct. 7, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has pardoned four convicted felons, marking the first time a governor has granted a pardon in Wisconsin since 2010. Evers signed the pardons during private meetings Monday with the recipients. Evers campaigned on the promise to reform the pardons board after his...

APNewsBreak: Evers issuing 1st Wisconsin pardons in 9 years

Oct. 6, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will issue Wisconsin's first pardons in nine years, invoking his constitutional power to grant clemency to four people. Evers plans to issue the pardons Monday, the first he's making as governor after he re-started the pardons board in June. Evers'...

The Latest: Evers issuing 1st Wisconsin pardons in 9 years

Oct. 6, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to issue pardons (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is pardoning four people. It's the first time a Wisconsin governor has invoked his constitutional power to grant clemency in nearly nine years....

'Making a Murderer' subject seeks pardon, commutation

Oct. 2, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series "Making a Murderer" is asking Wisconsin's governor for a pardon or commutation of his life prison sentence, attorneys said Wednesday. Brendan Dassey was 16 years old when he...