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Citrus County electrician gets Gov. Rick Scott's first pardon

James Turner received something Thursday no one else has from Gov. Rick Scott: a full pardon.

Turner, a 48-year-old electrician from Citrus County, became the first ex-felon to receive a full pardon under Scott's administration.

Scott has taken a hard line in restoring rights to ex-cons and couldn't explain why he gave Turner a break.

"I'd have to go back and look at it," Scott said after the Clemency Board meeting Thursday. "I mean, we did 100 cases."

Reminded that Turner's wife pleaded for forgiveness for her husband and burst into tears when Scott approved their request, he said, "I remember. There were quite a few people crying."

But no one else received a full pardon, which restores all the rights of citizenship, including the right to vote and carry firearms. Few received a partial one.

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[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 6:31am]


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