Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas is Clemency Season

Christmas is clemency season, it appears, not just at the federal levels, either.

Chatter, especially in conservative circles, is going around concerning Obama's recent clemency and pardons granted. Most notably are eight individuals convicted of cocaine (specifically "crack") related crimes.

It's tradition for executives to announce clemency and pardons in time for the holidays. Texas is no different. Governor Rick Perry announced he is granting clemency or pardons to 12 individuals. Most of those granted by Perry were for lesser, non-violent crimes committed years ago when the offenders were young.

Here is the official clemency list including pardons, according to a press release from the office of the Governor:

• Georgeanne Michelle (Driver) Battle, 39, was convicted of unlawfully carrying a weapon in 1993 at the age of 19. She was sentenced to four days in jail, and paid a $100 fine. She is granted a full pardon.

• Kathryn Lee (Gill) Drew, 49, was convicted of theft in 1982 at the age of 17. She was sentenced to three days in jail, and paid a $350 fine. She is granted a full pardon.

• Sonia Fernandez Duque, 37, received two years deferred adjudication for assault in 1998 at the age of 20. She paid $500 restitution. She is granted a full pardon.

• Kaye Kathline (Lindsey) Elam, 56, was convicted of theft in 1979 at the age of 21. She was sentenced to three days in jail, and paid a $50 fine. She is granted a full pardon.

• Cheryl Janea (David) Hicks, 48, was convicted of theft in 1985 at the age of 19. She was sentenced to three days in jail, and paid a $150 fine. She is granted a full pardon.

• Jill Elizabeth (Houston) Hopson, 51, was convicted of theft in 1981 at the age of 19. She was sentenced to one year in jail, which was probated for one year, and paid a $200 fine. She is granted a full pardon.

• Gail Lee Korfiatis, 50, was convicted of assault in 1993 at the age of 30. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was probated for two years, and paid a $200 fine. She is granted a full pardon.

• Robert Leos, 45, received two months deferred adjudication for burglary of a coin operated machine in 1987 at the age of 18. He paid a $50 fine. He is granted a full pardon.

• David Russell Littlefield, 55, received one year deferred adjudication for theft by check in 1982 at the age of 23. He paid a $200 fine. He is granted a full pardon.

• Barbara Anne (Miller) Lussier, 57, was convicted of theft in 1981 at the age of 25. She was sentenced to three days in jail, and paid a $250 fine. She is granted a full pardon.

• Edith Marie Peace, 66, was convicted of theft by check in 1986 at the age of 37. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, which was probated for six months, and paid a $50 fine. She is granted a full pardon.

• Rebecca Louise Walker, 38, was convicted of theft by check in 2008 at the age of 31. She was sentenced to one day in jail. She is granted a full pardon.