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Tim Pawlenty wiped a serial child molester’s record clean in 2008

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty formally announced his campaign seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency Monday morning, but by midday, his political past had already caught up to him. Reporting by Minneapolis City Pages’ Nick Pinto brought to attention a pardon then-Gov. Pawlenty granted to a sex offender in October…

Pakistan PM hints at family pardon for US official

ISLAMABAD — Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani suggested on Wednesday that relatives of two Pakistani men shot dead by a US official might pardon the American, but also said it was for a court to decide the man’s fate. The comments came as US Senator John Kerry visited the country…

Deadline looms for Billy the Kid pardon

The hours are ticking down to a deadline Friday for a US state governor to give a posthumous pardon to Billy Kid, the infamous 19th century Wild West outlaw. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson reaffirmed Wednesday that he plans to make a decision before he leaves office at the end…

New Mexico governor hints at pardon for Billy the Kid

LOS ANGELES — New Mexico’s outgoing governor hinted Thursday that he could soon give a posthumous pardon to Billy the Kid, the infamous 19th-century Wild West outlaw. Governor Bill Richardson, who stands down next month, said his office had received a formal petition, which he will consider and make a…

Morrison pardon doesn’t change The Doors’ history

Pardon of Jim Morrison can’t change The Doors’ history or answer a slew of ‘What ifs?’ A hot, frenzied night in Miami changed life for Jim Morrison and The Doors. That’s something the late singer’s pardon on indecent exposure and profanity charges can’t correct. “It made him realize he was…

Jim Morrison could get posthumous pardon: official

Governor Charlie Crist, who steps down from his post in January, must submit a request for clemency by December 9 — the date of the last clemency hearing of the year — to clear the lead singer of The Doors of indecent exposure and profanity charges. “The governor is considering…

Bush: I was worried Cheney wouldn’t be my friend if I didn’t pardon Scooter Libby

President George W. Bush’s friendship with Vice President Cheney was stretched to the breaking point after the president refused to pardon Cheney’s former chief of staff, according to an NBC interview Bush gave in advance of the release of his book, “Decision Points.” Appearing in a interview on NBC Monday,…

GOP ‘sexting’ prosecutor also harassed woman seeking pardon

APNewsBreak: Law student says ‘sexting’ Wis. DA harassed her as she sought a pardon from him A law student says a Wisconsin prosecutor under fire for sending racy text messages to a domestic abuse victim sent her similar texts in 2008 after agreeing to help her seek a pardon. Maria…

Afghanistan issues blanket pardons for war crimes

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan confirmed for the first time publicly on Tuesday that it had enacted into law a blanket pardon for war crimes and human rights abuse carried out before 2001. Human rights groups have expressed dismay that the law appeared to have been enacted quietly, granting blanket immunity…

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