Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Louisiana: Pardoned, but not Pardoned!

Michael W. “Mike” Lee was serving as the Constable of Ward 6 until recently, when he submitted his resignation. The 51-year old was elected to position last October but did not reveal on qualifying forms that he had been previously charged with theft, burglary, shoplifting and indecent exposure and was, in fact, a convicted felon. It is reported, however that Lee received a "first-offender pardon" from Department of Corrections that "restored most of his rights." It is argued, however, that he must receive a "gold seal" pardon from the Governor in order to run for public office. At some point, Lee told a newspaper that he had received such a pardon but just did not know where it was. See story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Here in North Carolina there is something going around in the General Assembly saying something that a person cannot become a Sheriff if they have ever been convicted of a felony. Once a felon always a felon no matter how long ago it was!!

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