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March 4, 2013

City man 'pardoned' for '80s fish scam

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The White House on Friday offered no information about why Obama selected these 17 individuals for pardons other than that he believes they will lead “productive lives.”

“As he has in past years, the president granted these individuals clemency because they have demonstrated genuine remorse and a strong commitment to being law-abiding, productive citizens and active members of their communities,” said White House spokesman Matt Lehrich.

Obama had granted his first round of pardons in December 2010,to nine people convicted of such offenses as drug possession, counterfeiting and mutilating coins. He also issued two separate batches of pardons in 2011, including eight people in May for relatively minor offenses and five people that November.

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