President Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of crimes ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement.
The latest round of White House pardons are Bush’s first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property, according to an AP report.
Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were given terms of 11 and 12 years respectively on their convictions for shooting an illegal alien drug smuggler.
A comprehensive and updated report on the fate of the agents is available here. That they continue to be held is a true tragedy.