[Paleopsych] AP: Bush pardons two Tennessee moonshiners
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Bush pardons two Tennessee moonshiners
[Mr. Mencken would have been mighty pleased by this. He would have been less
pleased by the pardoning of a bank robber and a lawyer with Republican
connects, which was not in the AP wire as printed in the Tennessee paper but
was mentioned in the NYT write up of an AP report. Quite possibly both papers
had the same report and simply chose different excerpts.
[A fine Christmas gift to moonshiners!]
Bush has pardoned two Tennesseans convicted decades ago of moonshine
"It's a good Christmas present," said Charles E. McKinley, 75, of Pall Mall.
Also pardoned was Carl E. Cantrell, 57, of Monteagle, who said, "It was the
biggest relief I ever had."
The pardons this week restore full U.S. citizenship to the men, including
rights to vote and buy a gun, their attorneys told The Knoxville News
But their records will reflect both the felony convictions and the pardons.
Cantrell said in the mid-1960s he and two friends set up a still on the side
Monteagle Mountain, surrounded by trees. "It don't take a genius to make
Soon afterwards, the site was raided and he was convicted of Interal Revenue
Service liquor law violations and given three years probation.
McKinley said he was driving a friend around in 1949 and they stopped at his
friend's still to get something to drink. Driving away, they were arrested
feds. McKinley was convicted of IRS liquor law violations and given two
He said he never intended to sell moonshine, only drink it. "I just got in
wrong place at the wrong time," he said.
McKinley added that he may have to change his political support since he's
helped by a GOP president.
"I'd almost be a Republican after that."
Cantrell expressed surprised by the pardon.
"Really, to tell you the truth, I thought that nothing would be done about
Cantrell said he is looking forward to being able to vote and buy a gun.
"I wasn't trying to cause nobody no harm," he said. "I was just trying to
Bush Grants 11 Pardons
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (AP) - President Bush has granted 11 pardons, bringing
the number of clemency orders he has issued since taking office five years
the Justice Department said Friday.
Three moonshiners and a bank robber were among those pardoned, as was a
lawyer whose employer has Republican political ties. The pardons were issued
Tuesday, in keeping with a tradition of granting clemency during the holiday
All of the individuals applied for clemency, and their applications were
by the Office of the Pardon Attorney and forwarded to the president for a
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