WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 people, including an Oklahoman, and commuted the prison sentences of two others.
The new round of White House pardons are Bush's first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency.
The crimes committed by those on the list include drug offenses, income tax evasion, bank embezzlement and violation of a federal law protecting eagles.
Paul Julian McCurdy of Sulphur, Oklahoma, received one of the pardons. He was sentenced to misapplication of bank funds.
Some high-profile individuals, such as Michael Milken, are seeking a pardon on securities fraud charges. Two politicians convicted of public corruption -- former Cong. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and four-term Democratic Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards -- are asking Bush to shorten their prison terms.
And there remains the question of whether Bush might decide to issue pre-emptive pardons before he leaves office to government employees who authorized or engaged in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists in the 9/11 attacks.
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