Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bush pardons 19, commutes 1 prison term

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before leaving for the holidays, President Bush on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of a drug offender and granted 19 pardons, including one to a man who helped the Jewish resistance in the 1940s.
With this latest batch, which includes forgiveness for convictions ranging from gun and drug violations to bank and mail fraud, Bush has granted a total of 191 pardons and nine commutations. That's fewer than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their two terms.
Included in the latest list is Charles Winters, who is considered a hero in Israel.
In addition to Winters, others granted pardons were:
— William Alvis III, of Flushing, Ohio.
— John Allen Aregood of Riviera, Texas.
— Eric Charles Blanke of Parker, Colo.
— Steve Doyle Cavender of The Villages, Fla.
— Marie Elena Eppens of Lynden, Wash.
— Lydia Lee Ferguson of Sun City, Ariz.
— Eduviges Duvi Gonzalez-Matsumura of Clovis, Calif.
— George Clarence Greene Jr. of Gray, Ga.
— James Won Hee Kang of South Barrington, Ill.
— Alan Stephen Maiss of Reno
— Richard Harold Miller of Tallahassee, Fla.
— Delano Abraham Nixon of Neosho Rapids, Kan.
— John H. Overholt of Black Hawk, S.D.
— Morris Keith Parker of Georgetown, S.C.
— Robert Truman Reece of Redondo Beach, Calif.
— Donald Edward Roessler of Harrison, Ohio.
— Issac Robert Toussie of Brooklyn, N.Y.
— David Lane Woolsey of St. George, Utah.
Bush also commuted the prison sentence of Reed Raymond Prior of Des Moines.
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