Tuesday, November 25, 2008

John Forte Recieves A Pardon

http://www.sohh.com/2008/11/wyclef_associate_john_for.html

After receiving an inflated sentence for carrying a package for a friend that he advised he wasn't aware contained illegal contents, a newly pardoned Forte is scheduled for release on December 22 of this year. Throughout his incarceration John turned down a plea deal, and staunchly maintained his innocence. Carly Simon and her son Ben Taylor were loyal supporters petitioning for his release throughout his ordeal.

Though he will still be subject to five years of probation, the pardon which cut his sentence in half, is welcome news for his supporters.

Props to Liberator for the intel

4 comments:

a.eye said...

I heard this on the radio this morning. President Bush has really shocked me with this. I guess he is trying to get some cool points before he heads out of office.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey there!!

Thank you for mentioning this case!! His release will be a cause for celebration!

If I may digress for a moment and mention an unrelated matter....

We need all trumpets blaring to protest the racist disparagement of the black scholar, Dr. Yolanda Pierce, by students at Princeton.

http://blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com/2008/11/flickering-flame-of-hipster-racism-at.html

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Yobachi said...

When I heard of this pardon the other day I was both surprised and elated.

I had forgotten all about him. I remember when he first got knocked, but haven't thought about him in subsequent years. Can't believe it's been that long.

Really surprised that George Bush would go there for a kat like this. Maybe he's trying to make up for Katrina or something.

I really don't believe he didn't know what he was carrying, but 14 years is a heavy for a first time offender.

PurpleZoe said...

Peace all *_^

It's a relief he's being released.

@A.eye:
Definitely unexpected. There was a Republican supporting his release, which may have made some kind of difference in the end.

@ Lisa: Thankyou for sharing the link. I'm headed over to read it.

@Yobachi: I dunno, he refused a plea deal and maintained his innocence. He could have took an easy route, if he knew what he was transporting.
Either way, the sentence was definitely out there for a first time offender.

Shine on
-PZ