After he was released from prison, Hanks and some others formed Backstreet Investigations. Says Dimond:
They first worked for the DEA and were later recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the bookmaking arm of the Gambino crime family, a four-year case that led to the arrest and convictions of more than 80 people.Dimond wonders why Hanks waits and has to witness pardons granted to 16 members of the domestic terrorist FALN, Jimmy Hoffa, Richard Nixon, although the disgraced president had never actually been charged with a crime. She asks, "Dan Hanks, who's spent 25 years diligently working for the DEA and FBI, can't get a pardon?" See full editorial here.
It became important to Dan that he clear his record. He went after getting his own California P.I. license, and in 2004 a court finally ordered he be awarded one. Hanks' petitions for both a state and presidential pardon have never been answered, however. For eight years he's heard nothing from the government he's worked so hard for as a crime fighter.