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#1 mauserme

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:29 AM

... so he can hunt with his family.

 

http://www.wjbc.com/...-to-go-hunting/
 

 

Rauner pardons ex-ISU student in decades-old forgery case so he can own a gun to go hunting

Posted on September 1, 2017

By Howard Packowitz

NORMAL – A former Illinois State University student, convicted of a felony a quarter-century ago for his role in a campus credit card scam, has convinced Gov. Bruce Rauner to grant him a pardon so that he can carry a firearm.

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(Brandon) O’Neal was sentenced to 2 1/2-years probation, two-weeks in the McLean County Jail, 200 hours of community service work, and he paid $2,000 restitution.

A Prisoner Review Board spokesman said O’Neal became a dentist and provided free dental work to people who can’t afford it, and O’Neal described his behavior as abhorrent when he was a 19-year old ISU student.

The spokesman said O’Neal was pardoned once before by then-Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, but the action did not restore O’Neal’s firearm ownership rights.

In his latest petition, O’Neal said he would like to hunt with his father, grandfather, and son.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 08:33 AM

Good.

While I have zero empathy for violent felons, I don't feel that non violent offenders should be barred forever from owning firearms.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 01:00 PM

Now this is an appropriate use of the executive power to pardon.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 04:01 PM

Good.

I hope he has a chance of being reelected. I believe he has the welfare of all of us at heart.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 05:53 PM

He could of just petitioned the court via 65/10c instead of waiting for a 2nd Pardon would of been an easier route. 

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 05:55 PM

Good use of the power to pardon Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:40 PM

Nice to see something fair for a change. The dentist certainly showed he had learned a lesson.

Solid move on Rauner's part. I too hope he gets re-elected.

Quinn should have been castrated. Sorry if not family friendly.


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 11:10 PM

This is good to hear . I agree with tkroenlein in the aspect that a nonviolent felon should have their 2A rights restored .



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 01:07 AM

Will he have trouble applying for an FCCL due to his criminal record despite being pardoned?

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 09:13 AM

This is a example of a good pardon.  Someone who did a crime and made themselves a good person and does not deserve the felony continuing to haunt them.


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:24 PM

This is an example of "boiling the frog". It used to be that eventually the Felon's 2nd amendment rights were automatically restored after he had fully paid his debit.

 

Now we cheer "special cases".

 

We have become too accepting of infringements that were codified into law before our time.

 

There were things I read in Heller that it appeared to me that they were dancing around as to not topple them at the same time.

 

Stuff that was done in '89, and '68  and '34.


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 09:42 PM

This is an example of "boiling the frog". It used to be that eventually the Felon's 2nd amendment rights were automatically restored after he had fully paid his debit.
 
Now we cheer "special cases".
 
We have become too accepting of infringements that were codified into law before our time.
 
There were things I read in Heller that it appeared to me that they were dancing around as to not topple them at the same time.
 
Stuff that was done in '89, and '68  and '34.


I agree about the Heller decision.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:56 AM

Good.

While I have zero empathy for violent felons, I don't feel that non violent offenders should be barred forever from owning firearms.


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Amen.  A mistake decades ago should not haunt one forever if they turned their life around...


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 10:29 AM

This is a textbook example of the proper use of the power to pardon. Not only has he paid his debt to society (his sentence), he's gone above and beyond that by becoming a compassionate, productive, law-abiding member of society. What I'm curious about is how he was able to obtain a dental license from the state with a felony conviction on his sheet. AFAIK a felony (or even some Class A misdemeanors) are automatic DQs for certain occupational licenses. Likely because it wasn't a forcible felony, but still a felony. This is the perfect example of the stupidity of occupational licensing in this state. Student loan defaulters may be denied a license for anything (I don't know how often this occurs, but I do know that they regularly suspend CPA licenses for student loan delinquencies), but somehow a convicted felon obtained a license to practice dentistry. Sent from my VS987 using Tapatalk
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