Governor Brown issues 105 pardons on Christmas Eve, retracts 1

Governor Brown issues 105 pardons on Christmas Eve, retracts 1

California: Governor Jerry Brown issued 105 pardons, mostly for nonviolent drug offenses, on the eve of Christmas. Most of the people who have been pardoned by the governor have been convicted of nonviolent drug crimes or burglary more than a decade ago.

One of the pardons is a Stanislaus County man, Michael Joseph Moradian Jr., who was sentenced to three years’ of probation in 1986 for stealing expensive wine and drinking it. In his pardon, Brown wrote that Moradian Jr. had since then lived an honest and upright life, exhibiting good moral character.

But a pardon issued to Glen William Carnes was withdrawn hours later after it came to light that the man hadn’t revealed recent discipline by financial regulators. Carnes was convicted in a drug-related crime that he had committed as a teenager in 1998.

When contacted, Carnes said he had been celebrating with his wife and family all the last week after listening about his pardon by the governor, and that its withdrawal had disappointed him.

Reacting to the retraction of his pardon, Carnes said, “You've got to be kidding me. I was told by attorneys that it didn't need to be disclosed. I cannot believe this is happening; I've waited 20 years for this. This is wrong."

The retraction of Carnes’ pardon by the Democratic governor brought the total number of the governor's traditional Christmas Eve pardons to 104. Brown said he issued pardons to those who earned them by exhibiting “exemplary behavior” while living productive lives.

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