US President Trump grants eleven people clemency
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On Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump issued a series of seven pardons and four commutations. All of the pardons issued were "full and unconditional". The commutations included, among others, Democrat Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois; Trump is a Republican.


Blagojevich in 2008 Image: Daniel X. O'Neil.
Rod Blagojevich was jailed for corruption after he tried to sell Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat after Obama was elected president, among other charges. He was sentenced to fourteen years in prison, serving eight before being granted clemency. According to CNN, multiple officials pressured Trump not to commute Blagojevich's sentence, including Republican members of the House of Representatives Darin LaHood and Mike Bost.

Judith Negron was convicted of both health care fraud and conspiracy to commit the same, money laundering and conspiracy to commit the same, and multiple other crimes. Negron served eight years of a thirty-five year sentence before being granted clemency.

Crystal Munoz was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana in 2008 in the Western District of Texas, and was sentenced to serve 188 months (15 years, 8 months) in prison. Her sentence was commuted after serving twelve years.

Tynice Nichole Hall was convicted of multiple drug violations, as well as related charges involving possession of a firearm, in 2006 in the Northern District of Texas. She was granted clemency after serving almost fourteen years of an eighteen-year prison sentence.

Trump granted Angela Ronae Stanton a full and unconditional pardon. Stanton was convicted of conspiracy to transport in interstate commerce a stolen motor vehicle and tampering with a vehicle identification number in 2007 in the Northern District of Georgia.

Trump granted Ariel Manuel Friedler a full and unconditional pardon. Friedler, formerly the president and chief executive officer of Virginia-based Symplicity Corporation, pled guilty to conspiring to hack into the computer systems of two competitors to improve his company’s software development and sales strategy. He was sentenced to two months in prison in the Eastern District of Virginia in 2014.

Trump granted David Hossein Safavian, formerly the General Services Administration's chief of staff, a full and unconditional pardon. Safavian was charged with making false statements (perjury) and obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation into the activities of former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He was convicted in 2006. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated his conviction and ordered a new trial, where in 2008 he was again found guilty.

In 1990, Michael Robert Milken pled guilty to charges related to his time as bond department head at Drexel Burnham Lambert, an investment bank. The charges included securities fraud, mail fraud, and tax fraud. Trump granted Milken a full and unconditional pardon.

Trump granted Paul Harvey Pogue a full and unconditional pardon. Pogue, the founder of Pogue Construction, was convicted of submitting a false tax return in 2010 in the Eastern District of Texas. Pogue's cause was reportedly helped by Rick Santorum, who mentioned Pogue's conviction to Trump.

Trump granted Bernard Bailey Kerik a full and unconditional pardon. Kerik, a former commissioner of the New York police, was convicted of making false statements (perjury) and obstructing the administration of the Internal Revenue Laws, among other crimes, in 2010 in the Southern District of New York.

Trump granted Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. a full and unconditional pardon. DeBartolo, who used to own the San Francisco 49ers football team, was convicted of misprision (concealment) of a felony in 1998 in the Middle District of Louisiana.






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Related news[edit]
"Illinois jurors begin fifth day of deliberations in Blagojevich corruption trial" — Wikinews, August 3, 2010
Sources[edit]
Marc Brodsky (JTA). "Trump pardons Michael Milken, junk bond king of the ’80s" — Jerusalem Post, February 19, 2020
Kevin Liptak and Kaitlan Collins. "Trump commutes Blagojevich's sentence and grants clemency to 10 others" — CNN, February 19, 2020
Caitlin Oprysko. "Trump announces a blitz of pardons and commutations" — Politico, February 18, 2020
Paul Cobler. "Trump grants clemency to McKinney construction firm founder and West Texas mother of two" — Dallas News, February 18, 2020
"Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency" — White House, February 18, 2020
"President of Higher Education Software Provider Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Hack into Competitors’ Computer Systems" — United States Department of Justice, May 21, 2014
"Former GSA Chief of Staff David Safavian Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice and Making False Statements" — United States Department of Justice, October 16, 2009
Official grants of clemency
"Pardons Granted by President Donald Trump" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020
"Commutations Granted by President Donald Trump (2017 - Present)" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Angela Ronae Stanton]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Ariel Manuel Friedler]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [David Hossein Safavian]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Michael Rober Milken]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Paul Harvey Pogue]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Bernard Bailey Kerik]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Judith Negron]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Rod Blagojevich]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Cyrstal Munoz]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)
Donald Trump. "Executive Grant of Clemency [Tynice Nichole Hall]" — United States Department of Justice, February 18, 2020 (PDF)





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