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.