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President Trump Grants Clemency to 5 Individuals, Commutes Sentence of 2 Others

President Donald J. Trump signed five Executive Grants of Clemency (Full Pardons) on Monday after what the White House says was a ‘careful review’ of the files.

President Donald J. Trump signed five Executive Grants of Clemency (Full Pardons) on Monday after what the White House says was a ‘careful review’ of the files.

Through these full and unconditional pardons, the Federal rights of these men, including the right to vote and the right to bear arms, have been fully restored.  Today, they are once again full and equal citizens under the law.Clemency was granted for the following individuals: John Richard Bubala, Roy Wayne McKeever, Rodney Takumi, Michael Tedesco, and Chalmer Lee Williams.

In 1990, Mr. Bubala pled guilty to improper use of Federal Government property by transferring automotive equipment to the town of Milltown, Indiana, for its maintenance use.  His primary aim was to help the town, and he sought neither compensation nor recognition for his actions.  Today, Mr. Bubala is actively engaged in charity work, volunteering at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, leading education classes on the American Flag, and serving on an honor detail for veteran funerals.

In 1989, when he was 19 years old, Mr. McKeever was arrested for transporting marijuana from Mexico to Oklahoma.  Upon arrest, he immediately accepted responsibility and pled guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate the distribution of a controlled substance.  Mr. McKeever was sentenced to one year in prison and one year of supervised release.  He has spent the past 29 years of his life atoning for his offense through charitable works in his community.  Today, he is an active member of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, which supports local law enforcement and provides critical resources to officers across Texas.

In 1987, Mr. Takumi was working at an illegal gambling parlor when he was arrested during a law enforcement raid.  Mr. Takumi pled no contest and was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $250.  After his release, Mr. Takumi worked for several years as a tax preparer, and he now owns a tax preparation franchise within the Navajo Nation.  He is known in his community as an honest, fair, and generous family man.

In 1990, Mr. Tedesco was convicted of drug trafficking and fraud stemming from his minor involvement in a drug crime.  Upon his arrest, Mr. Tedesco accepted responsibility and entered a guilty plea. President Obama pardoned him in 2017, but due to a clerical error, his fraud conviction was not encompassed within that grant of Executive Clemency.  By granting a full and unconditional pardon, President Trump has corrected this error, and Mr. Tedesco will now be eligible for the State licenses he needs to expand his car warranty business.

In 1995, a friend of Mr. Williams, who worked as a baggage handler at an airport, stole firearms from some checked luggage.  Mr. Williams participated in and was convicted of several crimes related to the theft and sale of those weapons.  Upon arrest, Mr. Williams immediately accepted responsibility for his actions.  He was sentenced to four months in prison and three years of supervised release.  In light of his impeccable behavior while serving his sentence, his supervised release terminated one year early, and in 1998, the Governor of Kentucky restored his voting rights.  Today, Mr. Williams is active in his community and is uniformly described as a trustworthy man of exceptional character.

Trump commuted the prison sentence of Ted Suhl, an action strongly encouraged by leaders in Mr. Suhl’s home State of Arkansas.

Mr. Suhl ran faith-based behavioral healthcare treatment centers for juveniles in Arkansas.  Investigators alleged that Mr. Suhl participated in a bribery scheme to increase Medicaid payments to his company.  Federal prosecutors in Arkansas declined to pursue the case, but prosecutors in Washington decided to move forward with the prosecution.  Although acquitted on half of the charges filed against him, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Mr. Suhl was a pillar of his community before his prosecution and a generous contributor to several charities.  He has been a model prisoner while serving his sentence, maintaining a spotless disciplinary record.  Mr. Suhl’s request for clemency is strongly supported by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former United States Attorney Bud Cummins of the Eastern District of Arkansas, each of whom have devoted considerable time and effort to securing his release.

Trump also commuted the prison sentence of Ronen Nahmani, an action strongly supported by many notable leaders from across the political spectrum, like Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Mark Meadows.

Mr. Nahmani is a non-violent, first-time offender with no criminal history.  He has five young children at home and his wife is suffering from terminal cancer.  These extenuating circumstances underscore the urgency of his request for clemency.

Members of Congress and a broad cross-section of the legal community have expressed support for clemency for Mr. Nahmani.  These include several distinguished senior Department of Justice officials, numerous prosecutors and judges, and many reputable legal scholars.  Among his supporters are former United States Attorneys General Edwin Meese and Michael Mukasey, former Solicitor General Seth Waxman, former Senator Orrin Hatch, Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, Representatives Mark Meadows, Matt Gaetz, Anthony Brown, Bradley Schneider, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Eliot Engel, Frederica Wilson, Hakeem Jeffries, Lois Frankel, Ted Lieu, Tom McClintock, and many others.

Information provided by the White House.

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for

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  1. Daniel Wise

    July 30, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you for the article Jessica. Hard to find the real low down out in the media world. I wish your article was put out there main stream.

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