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Christmas clemency: Gov. Jerry Brown grants pardons, commutes sentences
In a move seen as defying the Trump administration, the governor granted pardons to two men about to be deported for committing crimes in the United States.
By Delila James
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Jan 12, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — California Gov. Jerry Brown continued his Christmas tradition of clemency by granting 132 pardons and commuting 19 sentences on Saturday.

According to the governor's office, those pardoned had already completed their sentences most of which were for drug offenses or other nonviolent crimes.

In a move seen as defying the Trump administration, the governor granted pardons to two men about to be deported for committing crimes in the United States, according to a report by the Sacramento Bee.

The pardoned men must ask an immigration court to reopen their cases, said attorney Kevin Lo of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Both came to the U.S. as refugee children fro the Khmer Rouge regime.

Mony Nett of Modesto was convicted in 1995 on a felony weapons charge and a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property with a value of $400 or less. Rottanak Kong of Davis was convicted in 2003 of felony joyriding when age 25. Neither has engaged in criminal activity since their release from prison.

Brown also pardoned Kimberly Joyce Carter, who led a life of homelessness, prostitution, and prison in San Bernardino before founding the Time for Change Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to help women break the cycle of poverty.

Pardons in California are granted only for people who have lived exemplary lives for a decade, completed their sentences, and were issued a court-ordered certificate of rehabilitation.