Saturday, December 6, 2008
This story at DelawareOnline reports the Delaware Board of Pardons has recommended that 51-year old Derrick Johnson "be pardoned and regain his rights to vote and run for public office." Johnson, who is now a reverend, was "a common street hustler -- pimping out prostitutes, running petty gambling rings and dealing drugs." Then, he was convicted of murder in the 1970s and robbery in the 1990s. Says Johnson, "I'm only human and have not always made good choices and decisions. At the same time, I do believe that my story is an example of what can happen when a state like Delaware provides opportunities and shows faith in a person as they have in me."