Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Minnesota: Withdrawal of Support

The Minnesota Independent reports that 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is withdrawing her support for the clemency application of Frank Vennes Jr., who was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison in 1987 after conviction for money laundering, illegal firearm sales and cocaine distribution. After serving the sentence, Vennes filed a series of unsuccessful appeals claiming he was the victim of entrapment. On September 24th, however, his home was raided by federal agents in connection with a fraud investigation. Bachmann immediately wrote a letter to the Office of the Pardon Attorney (DOJ) which said, in part:
“I had known Mr. Vennes for some time and was familiar with his good works with local charity organizations. Like so many others, I was under the impression that he had turned his life around and was seeking to do the right thing by those less fortunate. Regrettably, it now appears that I may have too hastily accepted his claims of redemption and I must withdraw my previous letter.”
The Independent suggests the original letter of support for Vennes’ pardon was "so unusual" because "he is not even a constituent of Bachmann’s." He has, however, contributed a total of $27,400 to her since 2005. See full story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Read more about Michele Bachmann and Frank Vennes here:

http://tinyurl.com/6p3eef

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