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Canine killer gets Bush pardon

Cry me a river.
How much time is Bush spending reading these requests for pardon from every Joe Blow ?

For Leslie O. Collier, the operator of a 600-acre grain farm, it was not so much the felony conviction for killing two bald eagles that stung the most, and that stung plenty. It was the loss of his hunting rifles that went with it.

Brad Chamness for The New York Times

Leslie O. Collier was granted a pardon last week by President Bush after a decade of pursuing it.

For his mother, June S. Collier, it was the pain of seeing her son’s name sullied in their town of roughly 5,000 people in southeastern Missouri, where the family had lived, farmed and hunted for four generations.

And for Lanie Black, a former Missouri state representative and a close family friend, it was the perceived injustice of the felony branding that prompted him to help Mr. Collier and his mother as they began, roughly a decade ago, to seek the ultimate redemption: a presidential pardon.

The effort proved successful last week, when Mr. Collier, 50, became one of 14 people to receive pardons from President Bush, one of the stingiest granters of them in modern history.
Seven coyotes died after eating the beef. But several other animals fed on their carcasses and died as well, including the bald eagles.

The dead eagles were found by a passerby who alerted the federal authorities who, in turn, identified the poison that killed them and tracked its purchase to Mr. Collier. He pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and to the misdemeanor charge of illegal use of a pesticide.

With no prior criminal history, he was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

As a convicted felon, Mr. Collier would have to give up his collection of hunting guns, a blow to his lifestyle. “We kind of got a hunting heritage in this family,” he said. “It’s what we do.”

A local Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms official told him that only a presidential pardon would get him his guns back, Mr. Collier said. “He said, ‘Good luck with that’ — like, ‘Fat chance,’ ” he said.

Of the thousands of petitions for pardons and shortened sentences Mr. Bush has received during his presidency, he has granted clemency 171 times and commuted eight sentences. At the end of his term, Mr. Clinton had granted 396 pardons and commuted 61 sentences.
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This guy is an arse (this is his hunting hat ) and pres Bush could spend his time more wisely,methinks.
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Cry me a river.
How much time is Bush spending reading these requests for pardon from every Joe Blow ?
He doesn't have to read the requests, just the ledger amount of the donation to the "library".


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