, Derry, New Hampshire

Crime / Court

November 25, 2011

The turkey escapes, but pardons aren't easy to get


New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch served his first six years in office without granting a single pardon. Then, in February 2011, 49-year-old Susan M. Winter of New Ipswich was granted a pardon. She had been convicted of felony escape from police in Nashua in 1982. Apparently, there was a scuffle in a parking lot and police handcuffed her. But she got away. It was felt that the pardon would help the mother of three find work.

Most notorious among pardons are those granted by presidents of both parties on their way out of the White House at the end of their terms. On the last day of his presidency, Jan. 20, 2001, Bill Clinton pardoned 140 people including "FALN" terrorists and billionaire campaign contributor Marc Rich.

President George H. W. Bush pardoned six Reagan administration officials accused and/or convicted in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal.

Thanksgiving is not a day for politics. It is a time to be grateful. So, happy Thanksgiving and let's all count our blessings.

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Andrew Myers of Derry has law offices in Derry and North Andover. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. Send questions to

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