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Fla. Clemency Board Slow to Pardon

There's a time for justice and a time for forgiveness.

Governor Scott and the clemency board have the exclusive right to dole it out, and Wwednesday, a full 100 people were hoping they'd finally get it.

But with new leadership at the capitol, it's become noticeably more difficult to get a pardon. It goes to the heart of a philosophy that dictates once you're sentenced, that's it.

Since taking office in January, the governor, attorney general, CFO and agriculture commissioner have made it more difficult for ex-cons to regain the right to vote or carry a gun. And, until Wednesday, they'd only issued one full pardon.

Michelle Thornton says the board's not taking full account of what convicted criminals have done to turn their lives around.

"They're talking about the troubles that he had prior to going to rehab - since Michael went through rehab, he has not been in any trouble," she said.

But for a tough-on-crime group of politicians, that may not matter. In Florida today your record speaks volumes.

The previous clemency board issued dozens of pardons, including one for the late rock legend Jim Morrison. Morrison was convicted of indecent exposure and profanity at a 1969 Miami concert.


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