Pardons and commutations

Patti Blagojevich smiles as her husband, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich touches her chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago, the morning after President Donald Trump on Tuesday, commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
February 19, 2020 - 4:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich gushed about Donald Trump a day after the Republican president set him free from a federal prison, delivering a 20-minute monologue Wednesday outside his Chicago home that sounded like an extended campaign commercial. Standing before a...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2009, file photo, former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik stands outside the Federal Court in Washington. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, Kerik, who was New York City's police commissioner during the Sept. 11 attacks, said he started crying when President Donald Trump told him he was being pardoned for felony convictions that put him behind bars for three years. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 19, 2020 - 2:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's police commissioner during the Sept. 11 attacks said Wednesday he started crying when President Donald Trump pardoned him for felony convictions that put him behind bars for three years, aware he got a break other ex-convicts never see. Bernard Kerik said felony...
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Badges worn by a demonstrator outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. A case-management hearing regarding Julian Assange will be heard at the court Wednesday. It comes just five days before the extradition hearing beginning Feb. 24, at Woolwich Crown Court, in which both Julian Assange and the broader issues of press freedom will be at stake. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
February 19, 2020 - 11:24 am
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange...
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President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 19, 2020 - 3:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Those who got a break from Trump include financier...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2015, file photo former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is interviewed before the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. President Donald Trump pardoned DeBartolo, who is convicted in gambling fraud scandal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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February 18, 2020 - 8:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. DeBartolo Jr., who built the San Francisco 49ers' 1980s-'90s dynasty, was involved in one of the biggest owners' scandals in the sport's history...
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FILE - This Dec. 14, 1970, file photo shows civil rights leader Bayard Rustin at the New York Hilton. California's governor announced Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, that he is posthumously pardoning Rustin, a gay civil rights leader, while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity. Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a key organizer of the March on Washington in 1963, and helped plan other nonviolent protests and boycotts to end racial discrimination. He served 50 days in Los Angeles County jail and had to register as a sex offender before returning to his home state of New York. He died in 1987. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)
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February 05, 2020 - 3:02 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor announced Wednesday that he is posthumously pardoning a gay civil rights leader while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity. Bayard Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Israeli Naama Issachar gestures during an appeal hearings in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia. Israeli Issachar jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin. State news agency Tass reported Sunday that Naama Issachar's lawyer said the request was filed following a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that she could not be pardoned without making a personal appeal.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)
January 26, 2020 - 7:42 am
MOSCOW (AP) — An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin. State news agency Tass reported Sunday that Naama Issachar's lawyer said the request was filed following a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that she...
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This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Jimmy Fletcher Meders. Georgia’s parole board on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, spared the life of Meders just hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
January 16, 2020 - 12:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s parole board on Thursday spared the life of a prisoner just hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state...
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Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx looks on as Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a press conference in Chicago after Foxx filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level cannabis convictions, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
December 31, 2019 - 1:54 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state's new marijuana legalization law. The expungement process is a key part of the law,...
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December 24, 2019 - 5:32 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has granted a Christmas pardon to police officers convicted of involuntary crimes, according to an item in the country's official gazette published Tuesday. The pardon applies to police who killed while acting in self-defense or out of...
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