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Obama Issues Rare Pardons, With More to Come

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President Barack Obama granted clemency to 20 people Wednesday in a relatively rare show of leniency from him — with the administration promising more to come.  

Obama cut short prison times for eight people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and vacated the convictions of 12 others, the White House announced.  

Corporate CFO Pleads Guilty to Campaign Finance Violations

The chief financial officer of a corporation has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit campaign fraud, as well as other charges, that could bring pressure on the company's founder, whose trial on similar charges starts on June 2.  

Michael Giorgio , CFO of the SCI in Ohio, pleaded guilty on Monday to seven charges, including obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit campaign fraud, witness tampering, and making a false statement.  

Eric Holder in the Hot Seat on Pot, Fired Up to Defend DOJ Enforcement (Video)

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As states and cities move to liberalize marijuana laws, the administration looks at changes to federal policy and the No. 2 House Democrat reverses course on decriminalization, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. found himself in a charged congressional hearing on Tuesday.  

Pressed by members from both sides of the aisle to defend Justice Department practices in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, Holder insisted the Obama administration has not "retreated."  

Illegal Campaign Contributions By Lawyer at Florida Law Firm

A lawyer at a former Fort Lauderdale law firm has been charged in a scheme to make illegal campaign contributions in the names of others.  

Russell S. Adler , a shareholder in the former Fort Lauderdale law firm of Rothstein, Rosenfelt and Adler (RRA) , has been charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act and to defraud the United States. Adler, along with other attorneys, and some spouses, as well as administrative personnel at the firm were enlisted by Scott Rothstein to make contributions to federal campaigns and then unlawfully reimbursed by the firm.