Saturday, January 24, 2015

Vermont: Three Pardons

The Times Argus reports Gov. Peter Shumlin has granted pardons to three women who have "atoned for their mistakes." One plead guilty to violation of a restraining order in 2001, when she was only 18 years old. Another plead guilty to a domestic assault on her own mother in 2002 (the mother supported the clemency application). The third plead guilty to "a number of nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors" related to substance abuse and addiction in the late 1990s.

The Governor said he was "proud" to pardon all three ...
"... who have all worked very hard to overcome obstacles in their lives and mistakes made in their pasts ... All three have shown a commitment to helping others and to making a better life for themselves and their family ... Past mistakes do not define a person’s future, and I hope these three will serve as an inspiration for others looking to turn their lives around.” 
See story here.

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