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Sunday, 11 September 2016

STATE PARDON FACTS: Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon, Goodluck Jonathan Pardons Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha

On September 8, 1974, America President Gerald Ford gave former President Richard Nixon a full pardon for all federal crimes he may have committed while he was in office.

A State or Presidential Pardon is the forgiveness of a crime and the cancellation of the relevant penalty; it is usually granted by a head of state (such as a monarch or president) or by acts of a parliament or a religious authority. If the person is still serving criminal penalties such as a prison sentence, that penalty is no longer in effect and the person will be released immediately. Any restrictions placed on ex-convicts do not apply to the pardoned person. Meaning, if Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha were to be alive, he would have had the right to contest for the president of Nigeria. That being said, a pardon does not erase a conviction. The conviction remains on the person criminal record and must be disclosed in any situation where information about past criminal activity is required.

Richard  Nixon was the 37th President of the United States who served from 1969 to 1974, when he became the only U.S. president to resign the office. Watergate was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the early 1970s, following a June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. and President Richard Nixon's administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. When the conspiracy was discovered and investigated by the U.S. Congress, the Nixon administration's resistance to its probes led to a constitutional crisis.

The scandal escalated, costing Nixon much of his political support, and on August 9, 1974, he resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office. After his resignation, he was issued a pardon by his successor, Gerald Ford. In retirement, Nixon's work writing several books and undertaking of many foreign trips helped to rehabilitate his image. He suffered a debilitating stroke on April 18, 1994, and died four days later at the age of 81.

It would be recalled that in 2013, Nigeria's ex President Goodluck Jonathan granted a state pardon to the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha. Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha, as Governor of Bayelsa State, embezzled state funds. He was convicted, after he pleaded guilty to a six-count corruption charges before a Nigerian court and was sentenced to two years in prison for each count.

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Olajide Olushola

really facts to KNOW... NICE

Olajide Olushola

So endy America had a president called Gerald Ford?

Endy Edeson

@olajide: yes. Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977.


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