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List of 62 People Granted Clemency. 18 drug-related. Politics 101. Holy wars.

by drug war Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000 at 6:55 PM

There are some new links after this welcome news. Those links are from a section called "Politics 101. Drug War = fundamentalist Holy War. Green Triangle." Now if Clinton would only wake up to his drug war support of murder in Colombia.


List of 62 People Granted Clemency. 18 drug-related. Politics 101. Holy wars. Drug War = fundamentalist Holy War. Green Triangle.

There are some new links after this welcome news. Those links are from a section called "Politics 101. Drug War = fundamentalist Holy War. Green Triangle." Now if Clinton would only wake up to his drug war support of murder in Colombia.


Title: List of 62 People Granted Clemency [18 drug-related]

Summary: The 62 people granted clemency Friday by President Clinton, with the year sentenced and offense, according to the Justice Department:


Source: AP Online

Date: 12/22/2000 17:31

Price: Free

Document Size: Short (1 or 2 pages)

Document ID: ED20001222090000019

Subject(s): President, White House, Advisers

Executive Branch (U.S. government)

Author(s): The Associated Press

Document Type: Articles & General info



List of 62 People Granted Clemency


Story Filed: Friday, December 22, 2000 5:31 PM EST

The 62 people granted clemency Friday by President Clinton, with the year sentenced and offense, according to the Justice Department:

Commutations of sentence:

--Dorothy Marie Gaines, Alabama, March 1995, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute, cocaine base.

--Bobby Franklin Griffin, Missouri., December 1997, bribery, mail fraud.

--Kemba Niambi Smith, Virginia, April 1995, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, making false statements to an agent of the United States.

Pardons (59):

--Jimmy Lee Allen, Everton, Ark., September 1990, false statements to agency of United States.

--Virgil Lamoin Baker, Swansea, Ill., July 1959, violation of the Military Training and Service Act.

--Garran Dee Barker, North Little Rock, Ark., December 1986, conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud.

--Nancy M. Baxter, Vansant, Va., May 1990, tax evasion and filing a false amended tax return.

--Charles N. Besser, Chicago, October 1985, mail fraud.

--Harlan Richard Billings, Stonington, Maine, August 1985, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute is excess of 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

--Edward Raymond Birdseye, Chico, Calif., May 1992, unlawful use of a communication facility.

--Roscoe Crosby Blunt Jr., Shrewsbury, Mass., April 1945, Fraternization, Article of War 96.

--Charles Edward Boggs, Paragould, Ark., October 1977, receiving a stolen motor vehicle which was part of interstate commerce.

--Terry Coy Bonner, Hambleton, W.Va., July 1986, possession of an illegally made destructive device.

--Alfred Whitney Brown III, Covington, La., June 1992, illegal sale of wildlife by allowing hunting over a baited field.

--William Robert Carpenter, McMillan, Mich., November 1991, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

--Philip Vito DiGirolamo, Prunedale, Calif., June 1984, conspiracy to import marijuana, willfully subscribing to a false tax return.

--Peter Welling Dionis, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 1976, conspiracy, importation, and possession with intent to distribute hashish.

--Darrin Dean Dorn, July 1981, Iowa, conspiracy to damage property by means and use of an explosive.

--Peter Bailey Gimbel, New York, February 1991, conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

--Philip Joseph Grandmaison, Nashua, N.H., March 1996, mail fraud.

--Joe Robert Grist, Abilene, Texas, June 1990, misapplication of funds by a bank employee.

--LeRoy Kenneth Hartung Jr., Las Vegas, September 1986, interception of wire communications.

--Joseph Riddick Hendrick III, Charlotte, N.C., December 1997, mail fraud.

--Judd Blair Hirschberg, Chicago, July 1991, mail fraud.

--Robert Quinn Houston, Brandon, Miss., April 1986, conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion.

--Martin Joseph Hughes, Rocky River, Ohio, November 1987, aiding and abetting the falsification of union records, aiding and assisting in the submission of false tax records, making false statements to a government agency.

--Jere Wayne Johnson, Enid, Okla., September 1982, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and Wield County, Okla., while serving as a county commissioner.

--Michael Thomas Johnson, d'Iberville, Miss., January 1987, filing false tax returns.

--Daniel Wayne Keys, Benton, Ark., September 1977, possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

--Larry Ray Killough, Searcy, Ark., June 1985, unlawful distribution of prescription drugs.

--Jack Kligman, Philadelphia, August 1985, conspiracy and mail fraud.

--Hector Osvaldo Labagnara, Beach Haven, N.J., January 1976, conspiracy to transport stolen motor vehicles in interstate commerce, to receive and sell stolen motor vehicles, to transport false vehicle registrations in interstate commerce, and to receive and dispose of false vehicle registrations; receipt and sale of stolen motor vehicles.

--Moses Jubilee Lestz (formerly known as Michael Eugene Lestz), Elkville, Ill., November 1982, forgery of U.S. savings bond.

--Leon Lee Liebscher, El Reno, Okla., August 1982, conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion.

--Pierluigi Mancini, Alpharetta, Ga., October 1985, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

--John Ross McCown Jr, Lincoln, Neb., January 1992, structuring of transactions to evade reporting requirements.

--Edward Francis McKenna III, Gulfport, Miss., January 1993, possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

--Andrew Kirkpatrick Mearns III, Dallastown, Pa., March 1978, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

--Ralph Eugene Meczyk, Illinois, September 1987 filing false partnership and individual federal income tax returns.

--Philip James Morin, Omaha, Neb., June 1984, distribution of cocaine.

--Thomas Edward Nash Jr., Asheville, N.C., August 1988, conspiracy to restrain interstate trade and commerce.

--Roger Lee Nelson, Omaha, Neb., August 1981, aiding and abetting mail fraud.

--Jose Rene Pineda-Martinez, Houston, April 1983, December 1983, May 1984, entering U.S. without inspection, transporting an illegal alien within the United States, transporting an illegal alien within the United States.

--John Russell Raup, Cohoes, N.Y., August 1984, larceny of government property and wrongful possession of marijuana,

--James William Rogers, Moncks Corner, S.C., January 1982, conspiracy to commit racketeering.

--George Wisham Roper, Norfolk, Va., May 1974, conspiracy to bribe public officials and to defraud the U.S. government.

--Daniel Rostenkowski, Chicago, April 1996, mail fraud (two counts).

--Dean Raymond Rush, Grapevine, Texas, April 1993, false statements on a loan application.

--Archibald R. Schaffer III, Arkansas, September 2000, violation of Meat Inspection Act.

--Anthony Andrew Schmidt, Hays, Kansas, June 1985, conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine.

--Stanley Sirote, Huntington, N.Y., September 1974, bribery of a public official.

--Dent Elwood Snider, Jr., Santa Cruz, Calif., March 1981, use of a telephone to facilitate the distribution of cocaine.

--James Lawrence Swisher, Greensboro, N.C., July 1977, obstruction of a criminal investigation.

--Larry Kalvy Thompson, Lubbock, Texas, May 1988, aiding and abetting misapplication of bank funds, misprision of a felony.

--Stephanie Marie Vetter, Riverdale, N.Y., July 1979, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

--Danny Ray Walker, Booneville, Ark., March 1975, interstate transportation of stolen property.

--Thomas Andrew Warren, Tallahassee, Fla., December 1975, conspiracy to import marijuana.

--Michael Lynn Weatherford, Laurens, S.C., January 1986, aiding and abetting interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

--Jack Weinstein, Las Vegas, July 1975, conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property.

--Robert Owen Wilson, Mooresville, N.C., July 1980, mail fraud.

--Charles Elvin Witherspoon, Lufkin, Texas, April 1977, embezzlement of bank funds.

--Charles Z. Yonce Jr., Edgefield, S.C., April 1988, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting therein.

Copyright 2000 Associated Press Information Services, all rights reserved.


--- end of AP online article ---



Clemency to 2 Drug War Prisoners! TLC-DPF. Politics 101. Religion 101

There are some new links after this welcome news. Those links are from a section called "Politics 101. Drug War = fundamentalist Holy War. Green Triangle." Now if Clinton would only wake up to his drug war support of murder in Colombia.

--------- Forwarded Message ---------

DATE: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 17:42:44
From: Jeanette Irwin <jirwin@drugpolicy.org>
To: "LIST: TLC_DPF" <tlc-dpf@drugpolicy.org>

www.drugpolicy.org / www.dpf.org
Clinton Grants Clemency to Two Drug War Prisoners

Due to the holidays, Drug Policy News will be on hiatus until
January 5th. However, we wanted to inform you of some
fantastic news:

President Clinton has granted clemency today to two drug war
prisoners sentenced to unconscionably long sentences for minor
offenses, Kemba Smith (who was serving a 24 year sentence)
and Dorothy Gaines (who was serving a 19 year sentence.) Both
Kemba and Dorothy were released from prison today and will be
spending the holidays with their families. Clinton is still reviewing
clemency petitions for hundreds of other prisoners and may very
well grant clemency to other drug war prisoners before his term
ends on January20th.

To read a news report on today's grants of clemency, see:

Also, see today's USA Today for a great article on various
campaigns to pressure Clinton to grant clemency to drug war

There is still time to pressure President Clinton to release more
prisoners. Please read the following action alert by the Coalition
for Jubilee Clemency to find out what you can do to help:

You have heard about the Coalition for Jubilee Clemency's
letter to President Clinton asking him to grant clemencies to low-
level, nonviolent offenders. More than 675 faith leaders have now
endorsed the letter (a list of signers is at
http://www.cjpf.org/clemency/signers.html ).

We are still gathering signatures at http://www.cjpf.org/clemency  .
Please ask your friends to forward this appeal to their rabbi,
minister, priest, imam, or faith leader to sign the letter to
President Clinton, referring them to our Web site.

The Coalition for Jubilee Clemency has been receiving excellent
media attention. Following are links to a few of the many articles
nationwide that support our campaign:

Judy Mann's column in the December 15, 2000 Washington Post:

December 19, 2000 article in the Los Angeles Times:

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunder's column on
December 20, 2000:

Eric Sterling's op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, December 20, 2000:

PLEASE HELP US by calling the White House or writing a
letter to President Clinton and making a personal appeal to the
President in your own words to grant clemency to low-level,
nonviolent drug offenders. U.S. Pardon Attorney Roger Adams
advised us in our recent meeting with him that public pressure
on the White House is the most effective way for us to realize
commutations for low-level, nonviolent offenders. In your phone
call or letter to the President, please (1) make a PERSONAL
appeal to the President to grant clemency to low-level,
nonviolent drug offenders before he leaves office on January
20, 2001, and (2) describe your involvement with the Campaign
for Jubilee Clemency.

Please send a copy of your letter to us at the address at the
bottom of this message.

Here are a couple of resources which may help you write a letter:

The Coalition's Letter of Appeal has great facts about the issue at:

Families Against Mandatory Minimums' prisoner profiles:

Here's the President's Contact Information:

Honorable William J. Clinton
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
Tel: (202) 456-1414
Fax: (202) 456-2461

Thank you,

Coalition for Jubilee Clemency
Chad Thevenot, Coordinator
1225 Eye Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 312-2015, Fax: (202) 842-2620

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Politics 101. Drug War = fundamentalist Holy War. Green Triangle. From the introduction section of the World Drug War home page:
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/  -latest revision.
http://members.fortunecity.com/multi19/  -slightly older, mirror copy.

"News freed from the suits." ;-) Apologies to freethinkers forced to wear suits at work.

Friendly Fascism. Talking heads and smiling faces. Politicians, pundits, and pastors. You know the similarity between a shark and a smiling face? They both show their teeth! As the 1960's song goes: "Smiling faces, smiling faces tell lies, they don't tell the truth...." How can you tell when most politicians are lying? Their lips are moving!

"One World, One Web, One Program" --Microsoft Promotional Ad.
"Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer" --Adolf Hitler.
"One nation under God." (& Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell). -GOP.

*9-00. Med. Use of Marijuana Finds Support Among [NCC] Pastors. "Similar to a recent Ellison survey on the death penalty, the study found stronger support for medicinal marijuana use from pastors affiliated with the National Council of Churches [NCC] as opposed to the more conservative National Association of Evangelicals. Among National Council of Churches-affiliated pastors, 66 percent supported medicinal marijuana use while 33 percent opposed it. The numbers were almost exactly opposite for National Association of Evangelicals-affiliated pastors, with only 31 percent supporting it and 69 percent opposed."

*Religious leaders for a more just and compassionate drug policy. [An alternative to those Republican fundamentalist false prophets of the Family Research Council and their bloodthirsty drug warrior crusaders. This webpage is a breath of fresh air].

The GOP (Republican Party), in cooperation with the Paleo-Republicans of the Rabid Right and the Religious Right, has created, sponsored, and pushed through the vast majority of bad U.S. drug-war legislation. The rightist Taliban wing of the GOP leads. Democrats follow. Vote against the Republicans, the greatest of the political and spiritual evils in the USA today. The GOP is now led by rich, American fundamentalist, fanatic, finger-wagging, pontificating, hypocritical, pseudo-spiritual, false-prophet, bible-thumpers. Republican Senator John McCain told the truth about Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell during the 2000 U.S. Republican presidential primary!

Expose the GOP Jihad to the light of day, and those bible-thumping, pseudo-spiritual, blathering, sanctimonious hypocrites will scurry away.

*Politics 101. Big Tent, harm reduction, drug reform. Comparison of cannabis, marijuana, and drug war views of Greens, Libertarians, NRA, Democrats, Republicans, Republicrats, socialists, liberals, conservatives, fundamentalists, etc.. Worldwide. Ideology, electoral systems, platforms, banners, and more.


GREEN TRIANGLE. Color-coded holy wars.

During Nazi rule those thought to be a threat to the
Fatherland were taken prisoner and placed in con-
centration camps. These prisoners were from many
different social and cultural backgrounds. To
distinguish between the prisoners, the Nazis
used a system of color coded cloth badges.
Jews were given yellow stars; half-Jews
were given yellow triangles; feminists
were given black triangles; Gypsies
were given brown; and gay men,
pink. The green triangle was
given to 'common criminals' or
those who had been convicted
of minor crimes, including
drug law violators. At
the time of Nazi rule,
a very stringent set
of anti-drug laws
was in effect --
laws that were
very similar
to those
used now
in the

*The Symbolism of the Green Triangle.|

*Charts. Racism of Republicrat Drug War. Many LINKS and notes. This racism page has charts for black, white, and Hispanic inmate numbers and rates in the USA; and U.S. state by state disenfranchisement (no voting rights) laws. Many drug war notes, and LINKS to many more charts. Revised edition.

*Greens and the Drug War. Worldwide. LINKS. Green Party candidates, positions, platforms, etc.. Concerning the Drug War, cannabis, marijuana, harm reduction, etc.. Ralph Nader info, links.
http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/greens.htm  and
http://members.fortunecity.com/multi19/greens.htm  and
*9-00. MAP/DrugNews SEARCH SHORTCUT for many press articles about RALPH NADER's September 8, 2000 press conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he called for legalizing cannabis/marijuana, and for harm reduction drug reform. Ralph Nader "called for the legalization of marijuana as part of an overhaul of the nation's 'self-defeating and antiquated drug laws.' ... Legalizing marijuana, Nader said, would allow the government to regulate and potentially tax its use like tobacco products." -Albuquerque Journal, September 8, 2000.

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