Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Virginia: Pardon

The Washington Post reports that Ollin Crawford has been granted a pardon by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D). Crawford served a twenty-three year sentence for robbing banks of $10,000 with a fake (or at least never found) grenade and running afoul of the state's three-time loser law - which made her ineligible for parole. According to the Governor, the prosecutor and the judge in Crawford's case "never contemplated that she should serve this much time." As lieutenant governor, Kaine told then-Governor Mark Warner (D) that she deserved "special attention." A legislator from Norfolk, Algie Howell Jr. (D) took interest in Crawford as well, as did prison guards, inmates, administrators and a warden. See story here. Additional background here.

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