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Texas board denies posthumous pardon for George Floyd

Sep. 15, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas board on Thursday declined a request that George Floyd be granted a posthumous pardon for a 2004 drug arrest made by a now-indicted ex-Houston police officer whose case history is under scrutiny following a deadly drug raid. The Texas Board of Pardons and...

Egypt orders release of 46 detainees in latest pardons

Sep. 15, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities announced Thursday the release of 46 detainees, including a prominent human rights lawyer, the latest to be freed from jail amid intensifying international attention. Tarik el-Awady, a member of Egypt’s presidential pardon committee, confirmed...

Today in History: September 8, Ford pardons Nixon

Sep. 08, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2022. There are 114 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President...

New Mexico governor issues pardons to 6 people

Aug. 29, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday pardoned six people for convictions ranging from fraud and larceny to burglary and drug trafficking. The pardons represent another round of clemency decisions for the first-term Democratic governor who is...

Oklahoma governor rejects clemency for death row inmate

Aug. 24, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday rejected clemency for a man facing execution this week for the 1997 hammer killing of a Choctaw man, despite a recommendation from the state’s Pardon and Parole Board that his life be spared. James Coddington was...

Court: Idaho governor can deny clemency for condemned man

Aug. 23, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court says the governor has the authority to reject a parole board's commutation recommendation for death row inmate Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. The decision means the state can seek a death warrant for Pizzuto. Once issued, the warrant would set...

South Korea to pardon Samsung's Lee, other corporate giants

Aug. 12, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung's de-facto leader secured a pardon Friday of his conviction for bribing a former president in a corruption scandal that toppled a previous South Korean government, an act of leniency that underscored the tech company's huge influence in the nation. ...

Man initially given life without parole in 2 murders freed

Aug. 10, 2022 14:43 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man convicted of the 1979 killing of his roommate and another friend is being released after 42 years in prison, his life sentence without possibility of parole recently commuted by a state board. The Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole voted...

Egypt frees 7, including journalist, researcher after pardon

Jul. 30, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt released seven people on Saturday, including a journalist and a researcher serving prison sentences on terror-related charges, the latest steps by the government to reach out to the opposition amid a grinding economic crisis. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi's...

EXPLAINER: Is Griner's guilty plea a step toward freedom?

Jul. 07, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When Brittney Griner pleaded guilty Thursday to drug possession in a Russian court, hopes rose that her months of detention could soon be over, either through a U.S.-Russia prisoner swap or a pardon from President Vladimir Putin. But Russian courts often move slowly,...