Bush Pardons 6 People; Total Is Now 25


President Bush granted pardons Wednesday to six people, including one man convicted 41 years ago for a stolen vehicle offense in Mississippi, reports the Associated Press. Richard Morse of Rowley, Mass., was sentenced to five months in jail in 1963 in Mississippi for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle. Bush has now pardoned 25 people since taking office in January 2001, and he has commuted the prison sentences of two other people.

The others pardoned were: Meredith Elizabeth Casares of Kansas City, Kan., convicted in 1989 of embezzling U.S. postal funds; Gerald Douglas Ficke of Lincoln, Neb., for a 1992 conviction on charges of evading federal currency reporting requirements; Fred Dale Pitzer of Xenia, Ohio, sentenced to three years in prison in 1976 for interstate transportation of fake securities; Cecil John Rhodes of Dallas, sentenced to six months in jail in 1981 for making a false statement on a bank loan application, and Russell Don Sell of Independence, Mo., placed on probation in 1995 for aiding and abetting the making of a false statement to a credit union.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-pardons18nov18,1,1469731.story?coll=la-headlines-n

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