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Lingle pardons 44 over last five months


Gov. Linda Lingle announces she has granted pardons to 44 individuals in the final five months of her term in office, bringing the total number of individuals pardoned by the governor this year to 55.

In July, Lingle announced she had pardoned 11 individuals in the first half of 2010. In total Lingle pardoned 132 individuals during her eight years in office.

“In reviewing a request for a pardon, I consider carefully the individual’s unique circumstances, especially what the person has done to turn his or her life around, remain crime-free and whether he or she is likely to reoffend,” Lingle said. “In granting these pardons, I believe these individuals have taken the necessary actions over the years to rehabilitate themselves and lead productive, law-abiding lives.”

A governor’s pardon is granted only to individuals who have demonstrated a high standard of behavior following a conviction for a crime. The individual must have a proven record of achievement that demonstrates he or she has led a productive, useful and law-abiding life following a conviction and the successful completion of his or her sentence and parole.

A pardon clears an individual’s record for the specified conviction(s) and restores the rights and privileges that were taken away because of the conviction(s), with some exceptions. These restored rights include the right to vote, seek and hold public office, and serve on a jury. Only a pardon expressly authorizing possession of firearms will restore the individual’s right to bear firearms.

Download pardons by Gov Lingle PDF file

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