President Bush Pardons Midland Man

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press reports President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others.

A Midland man, Willam Hoyle McCright Jr., was one of the people pardoned. He was sentenced for making false entries, books, reports or statements to a bank.

The new round of White House pardons are Bush's first since March and come less than two months before he'll leave office.  AP reports the crimes committed by those on the list include drug offenses, income tax evasion, bank embezzlement and violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Bush has been stingy during his time in office about handing out such reprieves.  Including these actions, he has granted a total of 171 and eight commutations. That's less than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their time in office. Both were two-term presidents.

On the latest pardon list were:
 -Brenda Jean Dolenz-Helmer of Fort Worth, Texas.
 -William Hoyle McCright Jr. of Midland, Texas.
 -Daniel Figh Pue III of Conroe, Texas.
 -Leslie Owen Collier of Charleston, Mo.
 -Milton Kirk Cordes of Rapid City, S.D.
 -Richard Micheal Culpepper of Mahomet, Ill.
 -Andrew Foster Harley of Falls Church, Va.
 -Obie Gene Helton of Rossville, Ga.
 -Carey C. Hice Sr. of Travelers Rest, S.C.
 -Geneva Yvonne Hogg of Jacksonville, Fla.
 -Paul Julian McCurdy of Sulphur, Okla.
 -Robert Earl Mohon Jr. of Grant, Ala.
 -Ronald Alan Mohrhoff of Los Angeles.
 -Orion Lynn Vick of White Hall, Ark.
 Bush also commuted the prison sentences of John Edward Forte of
North Brunswick, N.J., and James Russell Harris of Detroit.
 Under the Constitution, the president's power to issue pardons
is absolute and cannot be overruled.