- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 24, 2002

President Bush has pardoned seven Americans for an array of mostly minor offenses, including a Mississippi man who tampered with a car odometer and a postal employee who stole $10.90 from the mail, the White House announced yesterday.
The seven were the first pardons of his administration.
Mr. Bush also pardoned a Tennessee man sentenced in 1962 for making untaxed whiskey, an Oregon man convicted in 1966 in a grain-theft conspiracy, an Iowa man sentenced in 1989 for lying to the Social Security Administration, a Washington state man sentenced in 1972 for stealing $38,000 worth of copper wire and a Wisconsin minister sentenced in 1957 for refusing to be inducted into the military.
Mr. Bush granted the pardons Friday, and the White House announced them yesterday with little fanfare. Mr. Bush maintained a long-standing tradition by doing it near the holidays.
Although he personally approved the pardons, the announcement was made by the Department of Justice, with the White House quietly signing off. Mr. Bush is spending part of the Christmas week at Camp David.
"What all these cases have in common is that each pardon recipient committed a relatively minor offense many years ago, completed his prison sentence or probation and paid any fine, and has gone on to live an exemplary life and to be a positive force in his community," said Ashley Snee, a White House spokeswoman.
Pardons have become a politically delicate presidential prerogative in recent years.
President Clinton left office two years ago touched by scandal after a spree of last-minute pardons, including one for fugitive financier Marc Rich, the ex-husband of Democratic financial contributor Denise Rich.
The first President Bush ignited a firestorm at the end of his presidency by pardoning former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.
The seven persons Mr. Bush pardoned were:
Kenneth Franklin Copley of Lyles, Tenn., sentenced to two years' probation in 1962 for manufacturing untaxed whiskey.
Harlan Paul Dobas of Portland, Ore., sentenced to three months in jail in 1966 for conspiracy involving the sale of grain stolen from his employer.
Stephen James Jackson of Picayune, Miss., sentenced to three years' probation and fined $500 in 1993 for altering an odometer.
Douglas Harley Rogers of Brookfield, Wis., a Jehovah's Witnesses minister sentenced to two years in jail in 1957 for not reporting for military induction.
Walter F. Schuerer of Amana, Iowa, fined $15,000 in 1989 for making a false statement to the Social Security Administration regarding his employment.
Paul Herman Wieser of Tacoma, Wash., sentenced to 18 months' probation in 1972 for stealing $38,000 worth of copper wire.
Olgen Williams of Indianapolis, a postal worker sentenced to one year in jail in 1971 for stealing $10.90 from the mail.

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