Friday, June 13, 2008

Alabama: Pardon Revisited

Lance Griffin of the Dothan Eagle has written a great little article on former Alabama Attorney General Richmond Flowers (D) who also ran for governor in 1966. Flowers was convicted on federal charges of extorting payments from life insurance companies in return for being allowed to do business in the state in 1969. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined $10,000. But Flowers claimed the charges were "politically motivated" and served less than two years before being paroled in 1974. Griffin reports that Flowers was pardoned by Jimmy Carter in 1978. This can be commonly seen in obituaries and, as a result, on various web pages. But PardonPower has a copy of the clemency warrant. It is clearly signed in June of 1980, the last year of Carter's term. According to Griffin, Flowers’ application for pardon listed as references: Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Sen. Ted Kennedy and then-Attorney General of Minnesota Walter Mondale, Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and others. See full story here.

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