Governor issues 105 pardons, many for drug crimes

Dec 24, 2014 4:10 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is continuing his practice of forgiveness on Christmas Eve by issuing 105 pardons, mostly for people who have been convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and burglary more than a decade ago.

The pardons issued Wednesday included a Stanislaus County man sentenced to three years' probation in 1986 for taking expensive wine out of a wine cellar and drinking it.

The governor's office said all those granted pardons had completed their sentences and had been released from custody for more than a decade without committing additional crimes. The Democratic governor said he issues pardons to those who earn them.

The practice was relatively commonplace until the 1990s but declined after that. Brown revived the practice and has handed out 510 pardons since taking office in 2011.

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