CA Governor Pardons First Registrant

California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued the state’s first pardon to a registrant.  The pardon was issued to Bayard Rustin, a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on February 4.  Rustin was convicted of a sex offense and required to register as a sex offender in Los Angeles in 1953 because he participated in a consensual adult sex act with another man. “We celebrate the courage and wisdom of Governor Newsom in his decision to issue a pardon to Bayard Rustin,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “This is…

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KY: AG asks FBI to investigate former Gov. Bevin’s controversial pardons

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has sent a formal request to the FBI asking for an investigation into controversial pardons made by former Gov. Matt Bevin in his last weeks in office. … “I am particularly concerned about the risk to the public by those previously convicted of sex offenses, who by virtue of the state pardon, will not fall under any post-release supervision or be required to register as sex offenders,” Coleman said at a news conference. Full Article

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GA: Convicted sex offenders removed from registry

A little over two decades ago, ____ ____ stood before a judge and pleaded guilty to aggravated sodomy with his 6-year-old daughter. “____ ____ molested his biological daughter,” Chatham County Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg McConnell said. “He admitted that he made her perform oral sex on him but said it was accidental.” ____ , who was 37 at the time, was sentenced to 10 years — two to be served in prison — followed by eight years of probation. ____ served his time. And in 2014 the state of…

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Felons turn to ‘pardon guy’ to verify that they’re rehabilitated

John Garbin hears from people who say they’ll commit suicide if he doesn’t help them. Because of mistakes they made years ago — criminal mistakes — they can’t get a job, move on with their lives, or escape their tarnished reputations, even though they’ve served their time. “The calls we get are from people who are absolutely desperate,” he said. “We do not live in a forgiving society.” Full Article

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deserving a chance for a pardon

A 25-year-old registered sex offender has been granted a hearing before the Nebraska Board of Pardons. This is excellent news for this young man because if he is pardoned, he will regain his civil rights and he will no longer be on the sex offender registry.  According to the Omaha World-Herald article, it is unusual for a sex offender to be granted a hearing because [t]he Pardons Board rarely considers the applications of sex offenders. But board members said they are willing to listen to this one because ____ has lived an exemplary…

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