Friday, December 3, 2010

Hawaii: 44 Pardons!

StarAdvertiser.com reports that Gov. Linda Lingle "following the trend of at least her two immediate predecessors" (Ben Cayetano and John Waihee) has issued "the most pardons of her term during her final year of office." More specifically, the 55 pardons she has granted this year are "more than double any other year during her eight years as governor."

44 of her 132 total pardons to date (across two terms) were granted just last night. Lingle says she "carefully" considers each applicant's "individual's unique circumstances," and what they have done to "turn" their life "around." She also considers whether or not they have remained "crime-free" and/or they are "likely to reoffend." Lingle said in a statement last night.

The previous two governors granted a total of 204 and 115 respectively. They also served two terms apiece. See story here.

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