Monday, March 10, 2008

The President: Request (Updated)

Robert Steve Vukelic won the Democratic nomination to a Jefferson County (OH) commission seat, despite the fact he was convicted of a felony in April of 2001 and served six months in a federal prison. Convicted felons are prohibited from holding public office, so Vukelic is counting on a presidential pardon to extract him from his dilemma. On the other hand, the Department of Justice says that it has not even received an application for pardon. Meanwhile, Vukelic is somehow confident that, although the "wheels of justice move slowly," there is "no doubt" that he will have the entire issue "settled in the next eight months." He also adds that the original charge against him was “weak." Up at the Department of Justice the word is that it is “certainly not unusual" for clemency applications to "take two or three years.” See story here. Also see previous post here: The President: Request

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