Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Clemency Warrant Theft

NBC Washington reports that "more than 50 official 19th century U.S. presidential pardons are missing and potentially being sold on a black market." They "vanished from the National Archives" two decades ago "at a National Archives facility in Philadelphia and are actively being pursued by agency investigators." Among the administrations covered by the documents are those of James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses Grant, James K Polk, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson and Rutherford B. Hayes.
A longtime National Archives employee took a large number of pardons from the Philadelphia offices and later pleaded guilty to theft and served a federal prison sentence. But many of the pardons had disappeared into a black market before the worker was charged, said former FBI agent Bob Wittman, who cracked the case. "This man’s job is to protect this material, and here he is taking it," Wittman said. Thefts of historical records are often “inside jobs” executed by employees or patrons with close ties to the organization holding the documents, Wittman said.
One missing document is a clemency warrant from from President Tyler to former U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Frederick S. Fisher of the Philadelphia Post Office who was convicted of stealing $5 from a parcel in Pennsylvania (see image to the right).

Anyone with tips or information to share with federal investigators should email MissingDocuments@nara.gov.

See story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is now time for President Trump to get involved with the Pardon situation. He has not done one pardon or clemency since taking office:

Donald J. Trump
Fiscal Year Petitions
Pending (Static) Petitions
Received Petitions
Granted Petitions
Denied Petitions Closed
Without
Presidential Action
P C P C P C R P C P C
2017 (1.5 mos.) 2,010 9,361 7 666 0 0 0 0 0 4 752
Total (1.5 mos.) 7 666 0 0 0 0 0 4 752



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