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Published on: March 2, 2013 11:17 PM
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Washington - President Barack Obama on Friday issued pardons for 17 people, largely for minor offenses.

Those receiving pardons came from 13 states and had been sentenced for crimes that included falsely altering a money order, unauthorized acquisition of food stamps, drug violations, and possession of an unregistered firearm.

No one well-known was on the list released by the White House. Some of the crimes drew light penalties in the first place — such as a North Carolina woman sentenced to two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service for distributing satellite cable decryption devices.

A dozen of the 17 had been placed on probation. The other five had been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 54 days to five years. For those placed on probation, the length ranged from one year to five years.

The White House offered no details on why these particular people were selected by Obama, who has issued relatively few pardons since taking office.

He granted his first pardons in December 2010, to nine people convicted of such offenses as drug possession, counterfeiting and mutilating coins. He also issued two separate batches of pardons in 2011, including eight people in May for relatively minor offenses and five people that November.

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Those pardoned Friday by Obama:

— Robert Leroy Bebee of Rockville, Md., sentenced to two years’ probation for concealing a felony or concealing information about a felony.

— James Anthony Bordinaro of Gloucester, Mass., sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, three years supervised release and a $55,000 fine for conspiracy to restrain, suppress and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act and conspiracy to submit false statements.

— Kelli Elisabeth Collins of Harrison, Ark., sentenced to five years’ probation for aiding and abetting a wire fraud.

—Edwin Hardy Futch Jr., of Pembroke, Ga., sentenced to five years’ probation and $2,399.72 restitution for theft from an interstate shipment.

—Cindy Marie Griffith of Moyock, N.C., sentenced to two years’ probation with 100 hours of community service for distribution of satellite cable television decryption devices.

— Roy Eugene Grimes Sr. of Athens, Tenn., sentenced to 18 months’ probation for falsely altering a U.S. postal money order, and passing, uttering and publishing a forged and altered money order with intent to defraud.

— Jon Christopher Kozeliski of Decatur, Ill., sentenced to one year of probation with six months of home confinement and $10,000 fine for conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods.

— Jimmy Ray Mattison of Anderson, S.C., sentenced to three years’ probation for conspiracy to transport and cause the transportation of altered securities in interstate commerce and transporting and causing the transportation of altered securities in interstate commerce.

— An Na Peng of Honolulu, sentenced to two years’ probation and $2,000 fine for conspiracy to defraud the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

—Michael John Petri of Montrose, S.D., sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance (cocaine).

— Karen Alicia Ragee of Decatur, Ill., sentenced to a year’s probation, including six months of home confinement, and a $2,500 fine for conspiracy to traffic counterfeit items.

— Jamari Salleh of Alexandria, Va., sentenced to four years’ probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $5,900 in restitution for filing false claims upon and against the United States.

— Alfor Sharkey of Omaha, Neb., sentenced to three years’ probation with 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $2,750 in restitution for the unauthorized acquisition of food stamps.

— Donald Barrie Simon Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn., sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation for aiding and abetting in the theft of an interstate shipment.

— Lynn Marie Stanek of Tualatin, Ore., sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation condition on not more than a year in residence at a community treatment center for unlawfully using a communication facility to distribute cocaine.

— Larry Wayne Thornton of Forsyth, Ga., sentenced to four years of probation for possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm without a serial number.

— Donna Kaye Wright of Friendship, Tenn., sentenced to 54 days in prison and three years’ probation, condition on performance of six hours of community service per week, for embezzlement and misapplication of bank funds.


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 Mar 02, 2013 at 11:23 PM Velvel Says:

NOT ONE YID WAS PARDONED!

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 11:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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Velvel Says:

NOT ONE YID WAS PARDONED!

In case you don't understand the process, these pardons are reviewed and forwarded to the President by a team of several career lawyers and prosecutors in DOJ. The president and his staff really don't get involved until the very end of the provess. There were all relatively low level crimes with remorse expressed. If you guys keep looking for a pardon for SMR, Dwek or Pollard, don't hold your breadth....it ain't gonna happen.

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 11:45 PM c Says:

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Velvel Says:

NOT ONE YID WAS PARDONED!

And therefore what?! B"H yidden are still a small fraction of the criminal justice system and statistically wouldn't be expected to be part of a small of group of people being pardoned. We don't even know his criteria for granting the pardons or if any yidden fot that criteria or even if many yidden applied for pardons.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 02:37 AM Norden Says:

Reply to #1  
Velvel Says:

NOT ONE YID WAS PARDONED!

I thought Yiddn commit no crimes so no need to pardon them.

(I could be mistaken of course ...)

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 02:48 AM ohvei Says:

(Reply to 1) who is hoping Dwek to come out please let him stay there lets hope he should do yimach shmoi

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 03:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Velvel Says:

NOT ONE YID WAS PARDONED!

Not one space man was corrupted either. If you think that the whole world revolves around your interests, you are sadly mistaken.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 03:42 AM Anonymous Says:

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Velvel Says:

NOT ONE YID WAS PARDONED!

Not an outcome for Mr. Pollard huh? I guess the poor spy will have to languish while America prospers without his chatter in the front pages.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 08:11 AM Brooklynhocker Says:

I have to believe there's more to the Pollard story then meets the eye. Obama wants to sit down and talk Israeli peace, Pollard would have been the perfect bargaining chip. He doesn't have to convince the Israelis, he has to convince hamas and hizbollah. Pollard being free would have paved the way to smoother negotiations and therefore obama would have a real accomplishment he could have claimed as his own. Well Mr. President other then a kvitel in the kossel you've contributed nothing lasting to Israel.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 08:27 AM qazxc Says:

Can someone provide the dates on which the following happened:

Pollard applied for parole.

Pollard applied for clemency.

Pollard applied for a pardon.

Let's see how long the government has been dragging their feet in these applications.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 09:03 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Has Pollard said he was sorry?

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 09:08 AM Anonymous Says:

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Brooklynhocker Says:

I have to believe there's more to the Pollard story then meets the eye. Obama wants to sit down and talk Israeli peace, Pollard would have been the perfect bargaining chip. He doesn't have to convince the Israelis, he has to convince hamas and hizbollah. Pollard being free would have paved the way to smoother negotiations and therefore obama would have a real accomplishment he could have claimed as his own. Well Mr. President other then a kvitel in the kossel you've contributed nothing lasting to Israel.

No friend, don't worry about his stance on anti-Semitism, his outreach at the holidays including Passover and hannukah, the ability to light a menorah in the nations capital, the obvious arms deals to help the IDF and many many more assets. How many knishes does he have to eat to make you satisfied?

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 10:29 AM Norden Says:

Reply to #9  
qazxc Says:

Can someone provide the dates on which the following happened:

Pollard applied for parole.

Pollard applied for clemency.

Pollard applied for a pardon.

Let's see how long the government has been dragging their feet in these applications.

All truly excellent and pertinent questions, qazxc.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 10:58 AM shredready Says:

Reply to #9  
qazxc Says:

Can someone provide the dates on which the following happened:

Pollard applied for parole.

Pollard applied for clemency.

Pollard applied for a pardon.

Let's see how long the government has been dragging their feet in these applications.

zero and even if he had he will be one of thousands

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 10:59 AM shredready Says:

Reply to #8  
Brooklynhocker Says:

I have to believe there's more to the Pollard story then meets the eye. Obama wants to sit down and talk Israeli peace, Pollard would have been the perfect bargaining chip. He doesn't have to convince the Israelis, he has to convince hamas and hizbollah. Pollard being free would have paved the way to smoother negotiations and therefore obama would have a real accomplishment he could have claimed as his own. Well Mr. President other then a kvitel in the kossel you've contributed nothing lasting to Israel.

and every other president before Obama

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 11:44 AM NYlawyer Says:

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Norden Says:

I thought Yiddn commit no crimes so no need to pardon them.

(I could be mistaken of course ...)

Pardons are not only for the innocent but for those who may be guilty but have mitigating circumstances or who received unduly harsh terms of punishment. "I could be mistaken . . ." but, the sarcastic tone of your comment is simply inappropriate.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 12:15 PM Norden Says:

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NYlawyer Says:

Pardons are not only for the innocent but for those who may be guilty but have mitigating circumstances or who received unduly harsh terms of punishment. "I could be mistaken . . ." but, the sarcastic tone of your comment is simply inappropriate.

"the sarcastic tone of your comment is simply inappropriate."

I would have thought that, as a "NYlawyer" you would have left judgment on that point to the owners and editors of this website.

But then, of course, "I could be mistaken" there.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 03:47 PM Yerachmiel Says:

Reply to #9  
qazxc Says:

Can someone provide the dates on which the following happened:

Pollard applied for parole.

Pollard applied for clemency.

Pollard applied for a pardon.

Let's see how long the government has been dragging their feet in these applications.

Bingo. He refuses to do any of those things.

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 Mar 04, 2013 at 12:54 PM HAPPY12 Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

Has Pollard said he was sorry?

Yes many times

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 Mar 04, 2013 at 03:35 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #18  
HAPPY12 Says:

Yes many times

Has he applied for parole, clemency or a pardon?

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