Gov. Haslam issues 20 pardons, 3 commutations on final day in office

Gov. Haslam issues 20 pardons, 3 commutations on final day in office
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - On his last full day in office, Gov. Bill Haslam granted executive clemency to 23 current or former Tennesseans.

Haslam pardoned four people from the Mid-South.

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Gerald Canada was 18 when he was convicted of burglary in 1978 in Dyer County. Leah Foy was convicted of theft in 2003 in Shelby County. Shea Langs and Michael Ridley were both convicted on drug-related charges.

Haslam pardoned 16 others and commuted sentences for three more.

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“These individuals receiving pardons have made positive contributions to their communities and are worthy of the forgiveness that may help them restore their rights or obtain employment,” said Haslam. “Those receiving commutations will gain another chance to become contributing members of society. Clemency requires attempting to balance mercy and justice, and my legal team and I have taken this responsibility seriously during a thorough review of many cases.”

While in office, Haslam granted a total of nine commutations, 35 pardons and one exoneration.

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