Sulphur man among those receiving pardon from Bush

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Doc. Location: From Here on Dec 2, 2008 at 09:49 AM
    President Bush had veto powers that he never used. If congress was so bad he could have controlled them by using his veto powers. Bush was the one who preached deregulation louder than anyone. Bush was the one who turned his head and let the crooked bankers get away with robbery. Bush was the one who let wall st. get crooked as a snake. As Bush said "I am the decider." He decided to let big business run wild without any regulations,because that made the stock market gain to 14,000 point, thus the rich got richer. When the rest of us got to poor to buy anything it forced us in to this depression. Fifty eight percent of the voting public was smart enough to figure out that this country needed change. Today 75% of the people know that bush headed the country in the wrong direction. Do not blame anybody but Bush. But I guess he has done fair for a guy who could not read eight years ago.
  • by hello Location: wake up on Dec 2, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    Ralph thanks for taking the reality sandwich and letting everyone here have a taste, because I think some people have lost a big reality check of what really happened and what really is going on.
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Dec 1, 2008 at 07:07 AM
    Farmer John, didn't you mean to say "impeached and aquitted?" There's a big difference there. You know, though, it really shows what you are made of when you are talking about impeaching a president elect. I believe we have found the one thing narrower than the eye of the needle, and that would be your mind.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Nov 29, 2008 at 09:32 PM
    Who cares where and when Freddie and Fannie got started? All of this financial mess can be blamed on those who reached beyond their means, and those who chose to ignore their responsibility to regulate our financial institutions. It is not reasonable to blame Congress for this mess. For the past eight years the Bush administration has done everything it could to ignore or outright stifle any congressional oversight on any matter, and has maintained a philosophy that ANY regulation of private enterprise is bad. Bush filled every position in his administration with head turners, incompetents, and liars. Congress passes laws, the administration is responsible for administering them. We have just begun to experience this economic crisis, and you can look everywhere you want to find a reason for it. However, in the end, it all comes down to greed...greed of those who figure they can get rich by perpetuating an elaborate pyramind scheme while no one watches the hen house.
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Nov 26, 2008 at 07:31 PM
    You CANNOT blame the failing banks and housing mess on the President,you have to be a complete idiot to do so, look at Congress, that is where the problem lies.
  • by Red Location: Sherman on Nov 26, 2008 at 05:59 PM
    I not be laughing. A trillion dollars down the toilet to bailout some mismanaged companies is not funny to me. The American taxpayer is the ultimate loser. Does it really matter who crafted the bill? More Dems voted for the bill in the House and Senate than Repubs. Bush signed it. Nobody in Washington should get a pass. Throw'em all in jail. Oh, by the way, we certainly don't want to drill off the coast of California either, for the limousine liberals in Malibu will have to look at an offshore platform. They get a great ocean view while the rest of the flyover country gets to pay 4 dollars a gallon for gas.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac began with Jimmy Carter and Bill CLinton expounded upon them to offer loans to people who were not credit worthy. Slick Willie also signed NAFTA, which sent millions of jobs south. Conwsequently, I can't blame 100 % of this mess on the Republicans. I do think "W" could have stopped the price gouging on gasoline. The oil companies and banking institutions have ruined the global economy. Bye-The-Way, I'm a Democrat
  • by Farmer John Location: Everywhere on Nov 26, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    You can blame all of everything on the Dems, with Palosi and dingy Harry Reed, any time something goes wrong it IS the Dems, they are Socialists at best and Communist at their worst, yea and Obama is going to be the worst.You liberals cant wake up cause you have drank the cool-aid and are sick from it, some people will believe anything they roll out and we always pay big time, the blacks and women are the worst as far as eating the cake and then drinking the cool-aid,I wish Obama all the best cause he is going to need it, with all the Clinton aids on the job he should of picked Hillary for VP instead he raided their cabinets doesnt he have a mind of his own?Two years from now he will be impeached like Clinton was
  • by OOTO Location: Texoma on Nov 26, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    Again Red, you are soooo funny!!! I like the way you switch around the roles of the bailout creators, completely overlooking the fact that Bernake and Paulson were the actual architects of the bailout plan with Dubya's blessing, long before Congress actually met on the issue.,2933,426160,00.html. But I see what you are doing. You are making fun of the rewriting of history that so many people have recently accused the ultra conservatives of doing to suit their needs. Keep it up!! You have me in stitches. I am afraid that Mork is almost officially out of a job on here.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    Bush wasnt born in Texas..he was born in some lame state up north.
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