Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Truman's Christmas Amnesty



WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States provides that the President "shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment"; and

WHEREAS subsequent to July 29, 1941, there were inducted and enrolled in the armed forces of the United States persons who had prior to their entry, induction or enrollment been convicted of offenses against the laws of the United States or the Territory of Alaska, other than the laws for the government of the Army and Navy; and

WHEREAS it appears that such convicted persons who have or shall hereafter be honorably discharged or separated from the armed forces, or separated with honor from active service therein, after serving in active status for not less than one year ought to have restored to them the political, civil, and other rights of which they were deprived by reason of such conviction and which may not be restored to them unless they are pardoned:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY S. TRUMAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby grant a full pardon to all persons convicted of violation of any law of the United States or of the Territory of Alaska, except the laws for the government of the Army and the Navy, who on or after the twenty-ninth day of July, 1941, and prior to the date hereof, entered, enrolled in, or were inducted into the armed forces of the United States and who after serving in active status for not less than one year have been or shall hereafter be honorably discharged or separated therefrom, or separated under honorable conditions from active service therein: Provided, however, that such pardon shall not be construed to include the pardon of such persons for any offenses for which conviction has been obtained after the date of such entry, enrollment, or induction into service.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States of America to be affixed. DONE at the City of Washington this 24th day of December, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventieth. [SEAL]

HARRY S. TRUMAN By the President:
DEAN ACHESON, Acting Secretary of State.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Professer Ruckman what is someone to make of it ? Obama said he plans to issue pardons that will be in line with past presidents. In my opinion it will take 200 pardons minium to accomplish this just over Bush and 100+ Shy of Clinton. It will take 130 pardons to reach the 200 mark. I think the pardon attorney office is so absorbed in the commutation push I really don't believe pardons are being reviewed per order . March 2017 Will be 6 years since I applied for a pardon for a marijuana conspiracy charge 25 years ago.I was 25 years old..2 signed statements from two people already indicted that I introduced someone to buy marijuana to make it worse the statements were 2 years old.No drugs,No money, No video,No wire taps just 2 signed statements from two indicted people cutting a deal for a sentence reduction. Now they tell me I am facing 10 years to life based on the total weight of the conspiracy OR I could plead guilty to the 3oz they felt I was responsible for. So being young and scared My lawyers said plead and take the 18 months because they have no issue putting me away for 10+ years..So I plead they give me 18 months I do 1 year day for day in a prison camp..4 months half way house and 2 years supervised release. I got off 1 year early for doing community service work..been a convicted felon since 1992..applied for pardon in 2011..interviewed with FBI in late 2011..they in depth checked me My employer,family,neighborhood, preacher, credit you name it. This year 2016 they sent FBI back out for a "Follow up" interview to make sure nothing has changed..the only change is I was 4 years older been on job 4 years longer for total of 20 years.
Here I sit December 14,2016 and I am not feeling it whatsoever. I am now over 50 years old..Do I go to my grave like this ?? I just don't see Obama handing out 130 plus pardons between now and end of term. I certainly hope I am wrong.
Merry Christmas

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