Atlanta, GA (AP) - President Barack Obama has granted the first
pardons of his presidency, and two of the nine people pardoned are
Russell James Dixon of Clayton, Ga., was sentenced to two years
of probation in 1960 for a felony liquor law violation.
Roxane Kay Hettinger of Powder Springs, Ga., was sentenced in
1986 to 30 days in jail and three years of probation for conspiracy
to distribute cocaine.
The White House announced the pardons Friday as Obama was in the
air on the way back from a surprise visit to Afghanistan.
No well-known people were on the list and most of the crimes
seemed low-grade. Five involved drug or liquor offenses.
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