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Easley: picky about pardons PDF Print
Tuesday, 25 December 2007 19:00
Since taking office in 2001, North Carolina governor Mike Easley has pardoned five people. 
Compare that to his predecessor, Governor James Hunt, who pardoned over 200 people during his term. All of those pardoned during Easley’s term as governor have been sentenced to prison for crimes committed by another. Each year, hundreds of requests arrive in the governor’s office. With hunting season in progress, those pardon requests are expected to increase. By federal law, those convicted of felonies are not allowed to own, use or handle any type of firearm. The governor’s office expects many pardon requests from convicted felons who want to return to North Carolina’s wilderness to hunt.
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