Friday, January 9, 2009

California: Rejection

The Star Telegram is featuring an interesting story on 65-year old California winemaker Fred T. Franzia who was seeking a presidential pardon. Franzia paid a $500,000 fine and served five years on probation for a grape fraud case, but the Justice Department rejected his pardon application on December 23. The Star Telegram argues, however, that his "aggressive" 23-page pardon application "offers a case study in how some try to navigate the pardon process." Franzia is reported to have "rallied congressional support for his pardon bid." He also hired "one of the nation's most experienced clemency attorneys" and "one of his champions called President George W. Bush's top lawyer to press the case." See story here.

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