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Gov. Newsom Grants Seven Pardons

Two pardons for Cambodian Americans facing deportation

By Katy Grimes, May 13, 2019 3:49 pm

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he has granted seven pardons, two of which were requests from Oakland Council member Nikki Fortunato Bas on behalf of Cambodian Americans facing deportation orders based on old convictions.

Bas made the request on behalf of three Cambodian American men— Kang Hen, Hay Hov, and Roeun Pich, two of whom reside in Oakland. Newsom granted clemency to Kang Hen and Hay Hov.

“By granting these pardons to people who are transforming their lives, the Governor is seeking to remove barriers to employment and public service, restore civic rights and responsibilities and prevent unjust collateral consequences of conviction,” Newsom’s press statement said. “A pardon does not minimize past conduct; it recognizes a person’s subsequent progress and accomplishments. A pardon does not expunge or erase the conviction.”

Kang Hen was convicted of grand theft robbery and served one year, one month in prison, and three years on parole. Hay Hov was convicted of soliciting to commit murder and for being in a gang.  Gov. Newsom said in both pardons that each man has demonstrated he is living an upright life, and that deportation and separation from family would be additional punishment for a crime for which each has already served time for.

Jeffrey James Allen (possessing marijuana for sale), David Paul Ingram (forgery), Joe Dick Rector (driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs), Reza Soltani, and Dolores Ruth Taylor (transporting or selling controlled substance) also received pardons.

People who have been convicted of a crime in California may apply to the Governor for a pardon. Newsom’s letters of pardon are available here.

Katy Grimes

Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?
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7 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Grants Seven Pardons

  1. Governor Newsom is LAWLESS Newsom. He defied state proposition 8 (marriage is between one man and one woman), when he was the Mayor of San Francisco. Now as Governor of California he takes it upon himself to pardon invader migrants who are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Newsom should be forced to resign by the people of California.

    1. They elected this little boy in a landslide and then rejected the gas tax initiative to repeal the 10 cent increase. Wait until Jan 1st and the gas goes up by 60 cents..

  2. Pardon away Gavin. They’re still going to be deported for the crimes they committed.. Newsom and Brown are lawless wanna be dictators and are filling up the state with criminals and illegals… and for what ?? Are they both trying to turn Kaly back into Mexico by default when the Mexicans lost the war of 1846 ??

  3. Wish I was surprised. We are clearly losing the culture war in California. Not sure what’s left to do but leave the state; thankfully I’m young enough to do so without much friction.

  4. Good for him. I’m all for pardons. I don’t think we have enough of them, to be honest. The first thing I thought of when I heard about Chelsea Manning was, “this is a young person who deserves a pardon and a second chance.”

  5. Thomas,
    I agree. What people just don’t get is that the longer we try to punish those who have made mistakes, the longer we are not allowing them to work and contribute to society. We need to wake up as a country and realize that our mass incarceration/ never forgiving attitude isn’t helping us at all. That coupled with this country’s absolutely ridiculous sex offender registry which should honestly be abolished after the person does their time unless they are a SVP.

  6. California where crime is rewarded and even encouraged upside they will simply commit more crimes in California because any where else they would get serious jail time.

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