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Brown pardons 65 felons on Easter eve

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced he'll be pardoning 65 former felons on Easter weekend.
California Gov. Jerry Brown announced he'll be pardoning 65 former felons on Easter weekend.
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Governor Brown on Saturday announced he'll be granting pardons to 65 former felons, including a convicted murderer. 

The AP says most of the pardons were granted to criminals convicted of low-level offenses, though not all were small-time offenders: 

Most were for people convicted of selling or possessing drugs.

However, Robert Phillip Brown was convicted of murder. He was paroled in 1996 after serving 15 years in prison.


Others pardoned included Francisco Mauricio Nunes, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and James David Vercellino, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

In a press release, the governor's office said that each of the pardons were earned by individuals "exemplary behavior" during and after their incarceration:

Individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California may apply to the Governor for a pardon. A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction. A pardon will not be granted unless it has been earned. Obtaining a pardon is a distinct achievement based upon proof of a productive and law-abiding life following conviction.

The governor's office went on to say that those pardoned were released from prison over 10 years ago.

Brown granted a total of 128 pardons last year. As the L.A. Times points out, most of those were granted on Christmas Eve: 

Seventy-nine of Brown's 2012 pardons were announced on Christmas Eve. Saturday's press release announcing the latest batch of pardons tied them to "the eve of Easter."

Brown spent several years as a young man studying to become a Jesuit priest. 

You can see the full list of pardons below: