Monday, December 1, 2008
Today, the typical presidential pardon is granted to someone who committed a crime some time ago, has served out their prison sentence (if any such time was required) and has taken care of all associated fines and penalties. The pardon thus has the effect of simply restoring the recipient to his/her civil rights - so they can vote, own a firearm, serve on a jury, etc. For this reason, the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog is highlighting the somewhat special case of one Orion Vick, who was pardoned by President Bush just last week. Vick was was convicted of aiding and abetting the theft of property on a gunnery range at an Arizona air force base in 1975. But Vick claimed that he was an innocent victim of an overzealous FBI agent and federal prosecutor and argued as much in his 2003 letter to President Bush. See blog post here.
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