President Bush has issued his first round of pardons, but the 14 beneficiaries make for a rather boring chain gang. Crimes pardoned include, according to The Washington Post, "wrongful use and distribution of marijuana and cocaine," "unauthorized use of a registered pesticide," and "acquiring food stamps without proper permission." No big names like Michael Milken or Conrad Black. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that Bush isn't inclined to grant a sweeping pardon for intelligence officials involved in the harsh interrogations of terrorist suspects. Some administration officials have advised him against such a pardon, saying it would essentially concede the illegality of the practice.
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