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whoa mebbe all us wierdo's can get pardons

>                                        Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000
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>                               Clinton Said to Be Mulling Pardons for Peltier, Milken
>
>                               WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Junk bond king Michael Milken, two
>                               Whitewater scandal figures and an American Indian activist
>                               convicted of killing two FBI agents are said to be candidates
>                               for pardons by outgoing President Clinton.
>
>                               The White House declined on Sunday to discuss specific
>                               pardon requests, but campaigns on behalf of candidates are
>                               being waged with increasing publicity during Clinton's
>                               lame-duck period, traditionally a time for politically
>                               sensitive pardons.
>
>                               "The president has the power to grant pardons to whomever
>                               he likes at any time, and he has said over the past few months
>                               that he will be reviewing pardon cases and making decisions
>                               during the remaining time that he is still in office," a White
>                               House official said on Sunday.
>
>                               Clinton fueled pardon speculation last month.
>
>                               He told the New York City radio station WBAI during a
>                               get-out-the-vote phone call that he would review a pardon
>                               request for Leonard Peltier, who is serving a life sentence for
>                               killing two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in
>                               South Dakota in 1975.
>
>                               Peltier has steadfastly maintained his innocence, and his
>                               next parole hearing is not scheduled until 2008. His cause has
>                               attracted international support from statesmen such as Nelson
>                               Mandela and fierce opposition from U.S. law enforcement groups.
>
>                               "I know it's important to a lot of people, maybe on both
>                               sides of this issue. And I think I owe it to them to give it an
>                               honest look-see," Clinton told the non-profit, community
>                               station. "I will see what the merits dictate, based on the
>                               evidence."
>
>
>                               FBI CHIEF WANTS NO PARDON FOR PELTIER
>
>                               Shortly after Clinton's comments, Amnesty International
>                               renewed its plea for a pardon, saying it had "serious concerns
>                               over the fairness of legal proceedings which led to Leonard
>                               Peltier's conviction and sentence, and believes that political
>                               factors may have influenced the way in which the case was
>                               conducted."
>
>                               FBI director Louis Freeh has urged Clinton and
>                               congressional Republicans to oppose any pardon for Peltier.
>
>                               "I hear nothing but abhorrence," Freeh said in a letter,
>                               "that there is a possibility, let alone a probability, that
>                               Peltier could be released."
>
>                               The letter was quoted by the New York Times in an article
>                               on Friday.
>
>                               Milken, the Wall Street financier who made billions in the
>                               junk bond industry before pleading guilty to securities fraud
>                               in 1990, has also attracted some high profile support for his
>                               pardon case.
>
>                               Milken served two years in prison and paid more than $1
>                               billion in fines, and was barred from the securities industry
>                               for life.
>
>
>                               GIULIANI'S VIEW EVOLVING
>
>                               Ron Burkle, a California supermarket magnate and major
>                               Clinton donor, supports Milken's application, according to the
>                               New York Times.
>
>                               New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who prosecuted Milken when
>                               he was a U.S. attorney, told the newspaper Newsday in an
>                               article on Sunday that he may be changing his views on a pardon
>                               for Milken, a fellow prostate cancer patient.
>
>                               "Michael Milken has done more than anybody to raise money
>                               to cure prostate cancer ... . So there's a whole personal side
>                               to it that really, maybe, changes some of my views on it,"
>                               Giuliani told the newspaper.
>
>                               Other possibilities for presidential pardon, according to
>                               media reports, include Whitewater scandal figures Susan
>                               McDougal and Webster Hubbell.
>
>                               McDougal was convicted in connection with an improper loan
>                               to pay the debts of the Whitewater Development Co., the
>                               Arkansas land company in which Clinton and his wife,
>                               Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, were partners.
>
>                               McDougal spent 21 months in jail for refusing to testify
>                               about Clinton to independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
>
>                               Hubbell, a former top Justice Department official, was
>                               convicted for defrauding his Little Rock law firm.
>
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whoa mebbe all us wierdo's can get pardons

                                       Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000 

                              Clinton Said to Be Mulling Pardons for Peltier, Milken 

                              WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Junk bond king Michael Milken, two
                              Whitewater scandal figures and an American Indian activist
                              convicted of killing two FBI agents are said to be candidates
                              for pardons by outgoing President Clinton.

                              The White House declined on Sunday to discuss specific
                              pardon requests, but campaigns on behalf of candidates are
                              being waged with increasing publicity during Clinton's
                              lame-duck period, traditionally a time for politically
                              sensitive pardons.

                              "The president has the power to grant pardons to whomever
                              he likes at any time, and he has said over the past few months
                              that he will be reviewing pardon cases and making decisions
                              during the remaining time that he is still in office," a White
                              House official said on Sunday.

                              Clinton fueled pardon speculation last month.

                              He told the New York City radio station WBAI during a
                              get-out-the-vote phone call that he would review a pardon
                              request for Leonard Peltier, who is serving a life sentence for
                              killing two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in
                              South Dakota in 1975.

                              Peltier has steadfastly maintained his innocence, and his
                              next parole hearing is not scheduled until 2008. His cause has
                              attracted international support from statesmen such as Nelson
                              Mandela and fierce opposition from U.S. law enforcement groups.

                              "I know it's important to a lot of people, maybe on both
                              sides of this issue. And I think I owe it to them to give it an
                              honest look-see," Clinton told the non-profit, community
                              station. "I will see what the merits dictate, based on the
                              evidence."
                                      

                              FBI CHIEF WANTS NO PARDON FOR PELTIER

                              Shortly after Clinton's comments, Amnesty International
                              renewed its plea for a pardon, saying it had "serious concerns
                              over the fairness of legal proceedings which led to Leonard
                              Peltier's conviction and sentence, and believes that political
                              factors may have influenced the way in which the case was
                              conducted."

                              FBI director Louis Freeh has urged Clinton and
                              congressional Republicans to oppose any pardon for Peltier.

                              "I hear nothing but abhorrence," Freeh said in a letter,
                              "that there is a possibility, let alone a probability, that
                              Peltier could be released."

                              The letter was quoted by the New York Times in an article
                              on Friday.

                              Milken, the Wall Street financier who made billions in the
                              junk bond industry before pleading guilty to securities fraud
                              in 1990, has also attracted some high profile support for his
                              pardon case.

                              Milken served two years in prison and paid more than $1
                              billion in fines, and was barred from the securities industry
                              for life.
                                      

                              GIULIANI'S VIEW EVOLVING

                              Ron Burkle, a California supermarket magnate and major
                              Clinton donor, supports Milken's application, according to the
                              New York Times.

                              New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who prosecuted Milken when
                              he was a U.S. attorney, told the newspaper Newsday in an
                              article on Sunday that he may be changing his views on a pardon
                              for Milken, a fellow prostate cancer patient.

                              "Michael Milken has done more than anybody to raise money
                              to cure prostate cancer ... . So there's a whole personal side
                              to it that really, maybe, changes some of my views on it,"
                              Giuliani told the newspaper.

                              Other possibilities for presidential pardon, according to
                              media reports, include Whitewater scandal figures Susan
                              McDougal and Webster Hubbell.

                              McDougal was convicted in connection with an improper loan
                              to pay the debts of the Whitewater Development Co., the
                              Arkansas land company in which Clinton and his wife,
                              Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, were partners.

                              McDougal spent 21 months in jail for refusing to testify
                              about Clinton to independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

                              Hubbell, a former top Justice Department official, was
                              convicted for defrauding his Little Rock law firm.

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