Thursday, December 24, 2015

California: 91 Pardons

The Los Angeles Times reports that Gov. Jerry Brown has pardoned 91 "for past crimes, most of them minor drug offenses that no longer are felonies under California law, as well as robbery and burglary." The Times says pardoning  "has become an annual Christmas Eve tradition." Last year, Brown granted 105 pardons during the holiday (but "withdrew" one).

The Times also reports that, to date, Brown has granted clemency to 1,087 people ("including 683 since returning to office in 2011"). His Democrat predecessor Gray Davis granted zero pardons and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger granted 15. Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, pardoned 574 individuals and Earl Warren pardoned 522 people across 10 years in office. See story here.

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