Obama pardons 17 is topping U.S. internet searches this weekend after the Washington Post reported this Friday, March 1, that President Obama pardoned no less than 17 convicted citizens for various nonviolent offenses this Friday. Doing so has been described as a “rare move,” as the pardons are nearly double than those the President granted since he took office over four years ago.
The pardoned individuals come from a variety of locations, backgrounds, and crimes: a total of 13 states and timed sentences from several years to several decades. Some of the named offenses in the President Obama pardons 17 headline include illegally altering money order for U.S. business, embezzling bank funds, carrying an unauthorized firearm, and obtaining food stamps unlawfully.
A particularly unique pardon was from a former Mass. fishing magnate that plead guilty over 20 years ago to catching Canadian fish and later selling them as American fish to the national Defense Department.
The 17 pardons have been called a “rare move” for the President because Obama rarely grants clemency to convicted criminals, minor federal offenses or not. Out of over 1,330 recent appeals, Obama has granted a total of only 22 pardons in past years prior to his 17 additional pardons this Friday.