President Pardons 17 Petty Criminals

Associated Press
Thursday, August 17, 2006

President Bush pardoned 17 minor criminals yesterday.

Most had not served time in prison. The longest sentence any of the 17 had received was five years.

Bush has issued 99 pardons and sentence commutations during five years and seven months in office, mainly to clear the names of people who committed minor offenses and served their sentences long ago.

He remains the stingiest of postwar presidents in this regard. By comparison, Bill Clinton issued 457 pardons and commutations during eight years in office; Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, issued 77 during four years in office; Ronald Reagan issued 406 in eight years; and Jimmy Carter issued 563 in four years. After World War II, the largest number of pardons and commutations -- 2,031 -- was issued by Harry S. Truman, in office for nearly eight years.

Those pardoned included James Leon Adams, Simpsonville, S.C., selling firearms to out-of-state residents and falsifying firearms records; Tony Dale Ashworth, Winnsboro, S.C., unlawful transfer of a firearm; Randall Leece Deal, Clayton, Ga., liquor law violations and conspiracy to violate liquor laws; William Henry Eagle, Wenatchee, Wash., possessing an unregistered still, carrying on the business of a distiller without the required bond, and manufacturing mash on other than lawfully qualified premises; and Kenneth Clifford Foner, Niobrara, Neb., conspiracy to impede the functions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., commit embezzlement as a bank officer, make false entries in the records of an FDIC-insured bank, and commit bank fraud.

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