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Beats Per Millennium - WTF? Bush pardons John Forte

WTF? Bush pardons John Forte

George W. Bush’s days as president are winding down and on Tuesday he carried out a famous lame duck tradition, pardoning 16 people with criminal convictions, including Scooter Lib…oh wait…He didn’t pardon Scooter Libby. He pardoned rapper and frequent Fugee-collaborator John Forte.

Forte was arrested at Newark Airport in 2000 after accepting a briefcase containing $1.4 million worth of cocaine. He was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 14 years, of which he served seven before today’s pardon. Over the years Carly Simon (WTF? again) and her son, a former classmate of Forte’s, have advocated in his favor, claiming he received an unfair trial and decrying the practice of mandatory minimum sentences.

As it turns out, Republican senator Orrin Hatch was also in Forte’s corner, providing the clincher in what would have been the oddest story of the week if Kanye West hadn’t transformed into hip hop’s Joy Division.

Meanwhile, Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forte will look to get free for a lot of running room against the Vikings on Sunday night.

Posted by Mike Denslow at Nov 25, 2008 10:15 PM