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Governor Brown issues 79 Christmas Eve pardons

9:46 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown has issued pardons to 79 convicted felons who served their sentences and committed no other crimes for at least a decade.

Brown announced the pardons Monday. Most of the people were convicted of drug crimes; others had convictions for theft, robbery, driving under the influence and other such offenses. 

Brown singled out 61-year-old Thomas George Pfleger of Newport Beach for his philanthropic work.

A 79-year-old man was pardoned for a robbery he committed more than half a century ago. And a 76-year-old Arkansas prison chaplain was pardoned for drug possession and robbery in the 1960s.

A pardon does not erase a criminal record, but it can restore some rights, which include owning firearms unless the conviction involved the use of a dangerous weapon.

The Associated Press

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