Latest Pardons and commutations News

Decades-old jean theft complicates commuted lifer's release

Dec. 6, 2019 5:52 PM EST

The debate over criminal justice reform and second chances grew heated Friday when a lifer freed by the Pennsylvania governor remained jailed over a lame-duck prosecutor's efforts to hold him on a 1992 shoplifting charge involving stolen jeans. David Sheppard, 54, had served nearly 30 years for his role in a...

Governor commutes life sentences of 8 more prisoners

Dec. 5, 2019 5:47 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is commuting the life sentences of eight more people in prison, bringing the total to 19 since he took office in 2015, his office said Thursday. All eight were recommended by the five-member Board of Parsons in September. Wolf said all eight have used their time in...

Family of slain journalist presses Malta’s PM to resign

Nov. 29, 2019 1:18 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The family of a journalist who was killed by a car bomb in Malta is urging Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to resign, after his former chief aide was released from jail in a probe aimed at finding the mastermind of the 2017 murder. Muscat said Friday that police found no grounds...

Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event

Nov. 26, 2019 9:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump couldn’t resist riffing on the House impeachment inquiry Tuesday as he continued the tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey, generating holiday-season laughter at the expense of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, one of his chief...

Trump intervenes in military justice cases, grants pardons

Nov. 15, 2019 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. Army commando set to stand trial next year in the killing of a suspected Afghan bomb-maker and a former Army lieutenant convicted of murder for ordering his men to fire upon three Afghans, killing two, the White House announced late...

California governor pardons 3 in bid to block deportations

Nov. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he is pardoning three men who separately committed crimes when they were each 19 years old and now are attempting to avoid being deported to Cambodia or Vietnam. It’s the latest in a series of similar actions by the...

Lithuanians, Norwegian released in spy swap with Russia

Nov. 15, 2019 8:59 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage in Russia were freed Friday in exchange for two Russians who had been in prison in Lithuania. Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, who were convicted in 2016, have been reunited with their families, Lithuanian spy chief...

The Latest: Lithuania, Russia carry out spy swap

Nov. 15, 2019 8:01 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on a spy swap between Lithuania and Russia (all times local): 2 p.m. Lithuania’s spy chief, Darius Jauniskis, says the two Lithuanian men convicted of spying in Russia “have been reunited with their families” after they were released as...

Iran's top leader grants mass jail pardon on Islamic holiday

Nov. 14, 2019 9:27 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned thousands of prisoners including 32 activists and others being held on “security” charges. Thursday’s report by judiciary website Mizanonline.com said the 32 prisoners are mainly journalists and...

Oklahoma woman imprisoned in failure-to-protect case is free

Nov. 8, 2019 1:37 PM EST

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman whose sentence for failing to report her boyfriend's abuse of her children was far harsher than his for the abuse itself wiped away tears and hugged family and friends Friday as she was released after 15 years. Tondalao Hall, 35, left a women's prison in McLoud,...