Bush Pardons 14, Commutes Two

Posted: Nov 24, 2008 6:49 PM
The Department of Justice just issued a release detailing the 14 pardons and two commutations President Bush has issued in the twilight of his presidency.

Both commutations were given for cocaine-related offenses. One of them was for John Edward Forte, who was a producer for the rap-group "The Fugees" and a rapper in his own right. In 2000, he was arrested for holding $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine in his luggage at the Newark International Airport.

The pardons were for various marijuana offenses, income tax evasion, food stamp fraud and for violations of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

USA Today has published updated names HERE.

Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, two Border Agents imprisoned for shooting an illegal alien drug smuggler, are not on the list. The U.S. Attorney General's office said they were reviewing the two former Border Agent's cases last week. Their omission from the November 24 pardon list does not bode well for their chances of being pardoned by the outgoing President Bush.

President Bush has issued 171 pardons and eight commutations to date.