Friday, January 9, 2009

Massachusetts: Request reports former House speaker Thomas M. Finneran is looking for a "last-minute" presidential pardon. Finneran was convicted in 2007 for obstruction of justice during a probe of a redistricting map. He was sentenced to 18 months' unsupervised probation and $25,000 in fines. In addition, his law license was suspended and he was denied a state pension. But Finneran, who is now a talk-radio host, is also said to have "lined up a group of former Massachusetts governors to back his request'' (Michael Dukakis, William F. Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift - Mitt Romney refused to sign on). Finneran is requesting the pardon in the face of the rule that applicants must wait for at least five years befoe applications. See story here.

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