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Even with latest grants, Bush not big on pardons

bushsignAs the end of his administration nears, President George W. Bush added 14 people to the list of pardons he has handed down during his tenure. In the latest move, Bush granted clemency to individuals convicted of a number of offenses, from unauthorized use of a pesticide to bank embezzlement.

There are still hoards of other seeking relief from the president in the final days of his term, including some high profile names like former California Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham  and four-term Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, who are both asking the president to cut short their prison terms for corruption.

Even with these pardons, Bush has still issued relatively few reprieves during his tenure – just 171. That is less than half the amount granted by either President Bill Clinton or President Ronald Reagan during their two terms.

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