Showing posts with label South Carolina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label South Carolina. Show all posts

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Where are Obama's Clemency Recipients From?

Top Ten States (and population rank) *

  1. Grants: 126 - Florida (4th)
  2. Grants: 82 - Texas (2nd)
  3. Grants: 52 - Illinois (5th)
  4. Grants: 40 - Virginia (12th)
  5. Grants: 40 - North Carolina (10th)
  6. Grants: 38 - Georgia (8th)
  7. Grants: 29 - Missouri (18th)
  8. Grants: 28 - Tennessee (17th)
  9. Grants: 26 - California (1st)
10. Grants: 25 - South Carolina (24th)

* sixty-five percent of Obama's 743 grants.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

South Carolina: Pardons and Guns

Lee Franklin Booth was convicted of second-degree kidnapping. But, in 2001, he received a pardon from former Governor Jim Hunt. Booth then tried to start a "gun-making business," but was unable to obtain a necessary federal license. It is now reported that a Court of Appeals has ruled that South Carolina's law banning felons from carrying firearms "does not apply to people who have been pardoned of a felony."  It is also said that the ruling "provides hope to gun enthusiasts who have lost the right to bear arms because of criminal convictions."  See story here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Congressman With Too Many Wives

C.C. Bowen was a member of the United States House of Representatives from the State of South Carolina. He was born Christopher Columbus Bowen in Providence, Rhode Island, but the family moved to Georgia when he was eighteen years old. There, he farmed, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1862. He actually practiced law in Charleston before he decided to enlist in the Confederate Army.

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress simply notes Bowen “served throughout the war as a captain in the Coast Guard.” But authors Jane H. Pease and William H. Pease observe Bowen forged the signature of a commanding officer, one Colonel William P. White, on an extended leave pass in order to go on a gambling binge. After his capture, Bowen was court-martialed, stripped of his rank and dishonorably discharged. In the spirit of calculated revenge, Bowen attempted to arrange for the murder of the officer that had caused him such grief. Thus, one author may have been prone to understatement when he wrote that Bowen was "a mischievous fellow who would stop at nothing in trying to accomplish his purpose." But the cover up of the murder for hire scheme was not done well. Bowen and the private who actually did the shooting were soon arrested. As fate would have it, Federal (Northern) troops arrived in Charleston and had all prisoners released!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Clinton Pardon Remembered

Paul Thomas of the New Zealand Herald notes:
... Another Augusta National member is Hugh McColl jnr, a former chief executive of Bank of America, which last year needed a $64 billion bailout from the US taxpayer. In 1997, Rick Hendrick, a wealthy car dealer from McColl's home town of Bennettsville, South Carolina, was convicted of mail fraud. In 2000, McColl wrote to outgoing President Bill Clinton seeking a pardon for his buddy. A fortnight after the Bank of America Foundation announced it was donating $700,000 towards the establishment of a Clinton Presidential Library, the pardon was duly granted ...
See full editorial here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

South Carolina: Posthumous Pardon

Here is a news clip from ABC News regarding a posthumous pardon in South Carolina.

Friday, October 17, 2008

South Carolina: Another Pardoned President

The Charleston Post and Courier reports Dr. Cleveland Louis Sellers Jr. has been inaugurated as President of Voorhees College. Sellers attended Voorhees High School and organized sit-ins in the early 1960s before joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The Post and Courier reports that, in 1968, he was "caught up in the turmoil at S.C. State College," shot in the "Orangeburg Massacre," arrested and jailed on "questionable charges." But, in 1993, Sellers received a full pardon from the state's Probation, Pardon and Parole Board. Says Sellers, "Black colleges have to exist because so many African-Americans don't have the experience of their own culture." See story here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

South Carolina: Pardon for Pittman

Christopher Pittman shot and killed his grandparents in November of 2001. At the time, he was a sixth grader, weighed 90 pounds and stood five-feet tall. But Pittman did not go to trial until 2005, and stood before a jury as a six-foot tall, 16-year old. His lawyer noted that, at the time of the killing, a doctor had changed Pittman's prescription to Zoloft (a drug that is not approved for children). The resulting sentence was a minimum of 30 years in prison. Judge Daniel Pieper says, “This is a very tragic case, tragic to the victim and tragic to the entire family. This case has called attention to the very core values of this society about the treatment of juveniles and punishment.” Pittman can now only look to Governor Mark Sanford and the pardon power. See story here.

Friday, June 20, 2008

South Carolina: Clemency? No Thanks.

James Earl Reed will be electrocuted tonight in South Carolina. The execution is the result of the 1994 shootings of his ex-girlfriend's parents. The Charleston Post and Courier notes that Reed's "low intelligence and difficult personality were hallmarks of his trial, where he represented himself." Attorneys said his IQ was about 77, a mere 7 points from "mild retardation." After a jury took a mere 30 minutes to find him guilty, Reed asked for a lawyer to represent him during sentencing. But the judge denied the request and the result was capital punishment. Reed, who is described as "difficult to get along with," has never requested clemency from the governor's office. In a letter to The Associated Press that was written years ago, he wrote that he would never ask the governor for clemency, eat a "final meal" or make a "last statement." And that appears to have been his last statement. See story here.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

South Carolina: Deal? or No Pardon?

The Post and Courier reports the state "could save up to $800,000 a year by keeping better track of mobile phones and pagers given to state employees and using more efficient calling plans." At least this was the conclusion of an audit released on Wednesday. Among other things, the following is noted:
... The report, which looked at use of communication devices for fiscal year 2005-06, pointed out instances of improper downloads, such as games, ring tones and sweepstakes, charged to employee phones. Two agencies — the departments of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services and Natural Resources — paid for 86 downloads of "Deal or No Deal" at 99 cents each on employee phones ... Probation, Parole and Pardon officials said the agency has since canceled and removed downloads from its phones, disciplined employees who had the unauthorized downloads and gotten reimbursement from those employees ...
See story here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

South Carolina: Pardon

The Associated Press reports that a Clarendon County police deputy, Todd Avant, has been granted a pardon less than one year after he pleaded guilty to possessing a gambling machine. Avant, who was fined $500, is seeking to get back his law enforcement credentials. Story here.

Monday, February 4, 2008

South Carolina: A Pardon Revisited.

40 years ago, three youths died and two dozen more were wounded by police gunfire on the third night of chaos that began when black students attempted to go bowling at a segregated bowling alley. Afterward, the police officers were cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, but Cleveland L. Sellers was convicted of riot. He had been wounded by gunshot and was arrested while recovering in the hospital. Sellers was sentenced to one year at hard labor and released after seven months. He was pardoned in 1993 and became director of the University of South Carolina's African-American Studies program. See complete story here.

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