The first woman fined $150 twenty-seven years ago, for "selling a quarter gram of cocaine to an undercover police officer." The second woman was sentenced to two to five years in prison twelve years ago for "selling less than 200 milligrams of heroin."
More interestingly, the piece describes recent use of pardons in the State. It notes past governors have granted pardons for "two primary reasons" - "a compelling need or to correct an injustice." That being said, most governor have used the power "sparingly" except for Thomas Salmon (who granted more than 200 in four years in office).
Shumlin’s predecessor, Jim Douglas, is known to have issued at least 13 pardons from 2003-10, but the exact number was unavailable Tuesday ... Before Douglas, Gov. Howard Dean granted 80 pardons, including 17 during his final year in office, 2002.See article here.