SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is keeping with his tradition of offering pardons to convicted offenders on Christian holidays, announcing on Good Friday that he issued 63 pardons.
The Democratic governor says all the applicants had been out of custody for at least a decade with no criminal activity.READ MORE: Actor Peter Dante, Regular In Adam Sandler Movies, Accused Of Antisemitic Remarks In Recent Lawsuit
Most were for drug-related crimes such as possession with intent to sell, manufacturing or transporting controlled substances. Two were for manslaughter.READ MORE: West Hills Stolen Motorcycle Suspect Identified As Ruben Contreras Jr.
Brown, who is Catholic, has made a habit of issuing pardons around religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter. He says those pardoned Friday have demonstrated “exemplary behavior” and have lived productive lives.
A gubernatorial pardon does not erase a conviction. Rather, it restores certain rights, such as allowing the person to serve on a jury.MORE NEWS: LA County Sees Another 72 Deaths Related To COVID-19
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