Behind The Scenes Of The Latest George W. Bush Pardons

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It was announced, and I'm sure this is the first in a string of many to come, a string of pardons by George W. Bush as he leaves office. We dive a little deeper into what these people have done. A very interesting group to say the least...

WASHINGTON - On Nov. 24, 2008, President George W. Bush granted pardons to 14 individuals:


  • Leslie Owen Collier - Charleston, Mo.

    Offense: Unauthorized use of a registered pesticide, 7 U.S.C. §§ 136j(a)(2)(F) and 136l(b); violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. § 668(a).
    Sentence: Feb. 2, 1996; Eastern District of Missouri; two years’ probation and $10,000 in restitution.

    Collier crushed pesticides into hamburger meat to kill coyotes but killed a red-tailed hawk, a great horned owl, an opossum, a raccoon and three bald eagles. He also killed seven coyotes. He was charged with unlawful use of pesticides and violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

  • Milton Kirk Cordes - Rapid City, S.D.

    Offense: Conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act; 18 U.S.C. § 371, 16 U.S.C. §§ 3372(a)(2)(A), 3373(d)(1)(B­).
    Sentence: Dec. 14, 1998; District of South Dakota; 18 months’ probation conditioned on loss of hunting privileges for one year, performance of 100 hours of community service and payment of a $2,000 fine.

    Milton "Kirk" Cordes of Rapid City was convicted of conspiring to violate the Lacey Act in U.S. District Court in Rapid City in 1998. It bans interstate transportation of wild game taken in violation of state laws.

    Cordes, who then lived near Creighton, was a member of a private big-game hunting operation called Dakota Safaris. Federal prosecutors alleged 11 members conspired to obtain mule-deer buck licenses that were given to out-of-state hunters who booked hunts with the group but couldn't get their own licenses in annual drawings. Prosecutors said nonresidents shot deer that were tagged with licenses belonging to Dakota Safaris members, thus violating laws that ban the transfer of hunting licenses to others.

  • Richard Micheal Culpepper - Mahomet, Ill.
    Offense: False statements to the United States; 18 U.S.C. § 287.
    Sentence: Jan. 15, 1988; Central District of Illinois; five years' probation conditioned on payment of a $1,000 fine and $4,351.90 in restitution.

    He was charged with making false statements to the government. Sentenced on January 15, 1988 to five years probation, $1,000 fine and $4,000 restitution.

  • Brenda Jean Dolenz-Helmer - Fort Worth, Texas
    Offense: Misprision of a felony; 18 U.S.C. § 4.
    Sentence: Dec. 31, 1998; Northern District of Texas; four years' probation, with the special condition of 600 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.

    Convicted of concealing knowledge of her Dallas doctor father's involvement in medical insurance fraud involving phony workers comp claims. She was sentenced on New Year's Eve 1998 to four year's probation with 600 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine

  • Andrew Foster Harley - Falls Church, Va.
    Offense: Wrongful use and distribution of marijuana and cocaine; Article 112a, Uniform Code of Military Justice.
    Sentence: April 17, 1985, as approved June 13, 1985; U.S. Air Force general court martial convened at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 90 days' confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and dismissal from the Air Force.

    convicted of wrongful use and distribution of marijuana and cocaine during a general court martial at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs

    Obie Gene Helton- Rossville , Ga.
    Offense: Unauthorized acquisition of food stamps; 7 U.S.C. § 2024(b), 18 U.S.C. § 2.
    Sentence: April 1, 1983; Eastern District of Tennessee; two years’ probation, $500 fine and $875 in restitution.

  • Carey C. Hice Sr.- Travelers Rest, S.C.
    Offense: Income tax evasion; 26 U.S.C. § 7201 and 18 U.S.C. § 2.
    Sentence: March 5, 1996; District of South Carolina; three years’ probation condition on 180 days' home confinement and a $13,000 fine.

    convicted 12 years ago of income tax evasion and sentenced to 120 days of home confinement

  • Geneva Yvonne Hogg - Chamblee, Ga.
    Offense: Bank embezzlement; 18 U.S.C. § 657.
    Sentence: June 19, 1980; District of South Carolina; five years’ probation and a $500 fine.

  • William Hoyle McCright Jr.- Midland, Texas
    Offense: Making false entries, books, reports or statements of bank; 18 U.S.C. § 1005.
    Sentence: Oct. 20, 1986, as amended September 23, 1987; Western District of Texas; two years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

    a former executive vice president of First National Bank of Midland, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the 1980s for making false entries, books, reports or statements to a bank related to various oil and real estate deals.

  • Paul Julian McCurdy - Sulphur, Okla.

    Offense: Misapplication of bank funds by a bank officer; 18 U.S.C. § 656.
    Sentence: Feb. 12, 1988; Eastern District of Oklahoma; five years’ probation and $5,000 in restitution.

    Curdy pleaded guilty in Muskogee federal court in 1987 to charges of misapplying about $112,000 in bank funds. He was sentenced in 1988 to five years probation and was required to pay restitution.

  • Robert Earl Mohon Jr.- Grant, Ala.
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana; 21 U.S.C. §§ 841 and 846.
    Sentence: Oct. 22, 1987; Northern District of Alabama; three years in prison.

  • Ronald Alan Mohrhoff - Los Angeles
    Offense: Unlawful use of a telephone in furtherance of a narcotics felony, 21 U.S.C. § 843(b); possession of cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 844(a).
    Sentence: Oct. 9, 1984; Central District of California; one year of in prison followed by five years’ probation with the special condition of 2,500 hours of community service.

  • Daniel Figh Pue III - Conroe, Texas
    Offense: Illegal treatment, storage and disposal of a hazardous waste without a permit, 42 U.S.C. § 6928(d)(2)(A); illegal transportation of a hazardous waste to an unpermitted facility for storage or disposal, 42 U.S.C. § 6928(d)(1).
    Sentence: Oct. 25, 1996; Southern District of Texas; three years' probation conditioned on six months' home confinement and a $1,000 fine.

    Pue, the former superintendent of production at Conroe Creosoting Co., in 1996 pleaded guilty to two counts of illegally transporting and dumping more than 1,500 gallons of hazardous creosote sludge in a ditch.

  • Orion Lynn Vick - White Hall, Ark.
    Offense: Aiding and abetting the theft of government property; 18 U.S.C. §§ 641 and 2.
    Sentence: June 17, 1975; District of Arizona; payment of a $250 fine within 90 days.

    Vick was convicted while serving in the military overseas, of aiding and abetting the theft of government property in 1975 and sentenced at the time to pay $250 within 90 days.


Deserving Pardon not Issued
Posted by Christine Brean on 2008-12-02 20:26:18
So why didn't Bush pardon the two Border Patrol Agents, Ramos and Compeon? In hot pursuit of a drug dealer running across the border to Mexico, they shot him in the butt. They were convicted of discharging a fire arm in the commission of a crime.(!) But isn't that what they are supposed to do?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-16 21:50:46
Yeah Christine, the cops should definitely shoot anyone who runs from them. Oh hey, that guy shoplifted! He's running! BLAM!


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