Trump Is in Pardon Mode. Pardons 49ers Owner Eddie DeBartolo and Commutes Blago’s Sentence.

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President Trump is in the business of pardons and commutations these days. Tuesday he pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and commuted the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Back in the late 1990s, San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. wanted a piece of a riverboat gambling operation. He knew just who to talk to: Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards.

In the trial, DeBartolo testified that he paid the Democratic governor $400,000 to help him get the business. Edwards was convicted of racketeering and extortion and DeBartolo pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony.

But Tuesday the White House announced that DeBartolo’s legal slate is clean.

The announcement came as a surprise to White House reporters:

Former NFL great Jerry Rice and other former NFL players were at the White House to hear the news.

Rice says he was there for DeBartolo but gave the president credit for taking care of his friend: “I take my hat off for Donald Trump for what he did. Like I said, it’s all about just being here for Eddie today. “

USA Today reports that in addition to Rice, other former NFL greats were there:

“Jerry Rice, a legendary wide receiver who played under DeBartolo, credited him with his success and described him as the “12th man that was on that football field.”

“It was all about family. That’s really what they stood for. And that’s the reason why I think we won so many championships,” Rice said. “I take my hat off to Donald Trump for what he did.”

Among those who appeared at the announcement Tuesday were former NFL players Jim Brown, Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley.”

Trump is commuting the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich as well.

Blago was given a room in the governor’s wing of the Illinois state prison for trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat when he won the presidency.

Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his pay-to-play scheme. He was sentenced in 2011.

The former governor was a contestant on Trump’s TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.”

You can read the official White House statement on today’s pardons here.

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26 thoughts on “Trump Is in Pardon Mode. Pardons 49ers Owner Eddie DeBartolo and Commutes Blago’s Sentence.

  1. No not Blockovitch. He is as criminal as Obama is. Put Obama and Clinton (Hilary) in jail for SO many crimes while he was in a position he didn’t deserve. He is a Kenyan- not American and his family verified that.

    1. AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT

      1. Then let’s release all criminals with non-violent crimes since Christ is waiting to give us all a second chance. Why favor one over the other?

  2. not to worry , Rod Blagojevich, will be back in the pen, within 5 yrs or less . the man is greedy, crooked and probably has some revenge to take care of.

  3. I committed a non-violent felony over 40 years ago. I was given 2 years of probation. I have been a model citizen, and now 78 years old. I’ve been trying to get a pardon, but I don’t have movie stars, or athlete’s to “stump” for me. I certainly like to receive a pardon before I die. Any thoughts.

    1. Good luck. You need to be on the top tier for that to happen. If you are on the lower level like me you can prove physically the police fabricated evidence and still be convicted. Misdemeanor not a felony. They would go to that extreme to collect money for a frickin misdemeanor. The deep state criminals have sunk that low.

    2. Keep trying Dave. Write a personal letter to Donald Trump outlining your case. You most certainly deserve a pardon. Forgiveness is a divine act of humanity and we all need forgiveness at some time in our lives. We are only human. All the best to you my fellow human.

  4. Dave, does Trump know about your situation? You need to let him know, I’m sure you would get a pardon, Trump is a good man, and it wouldn’t hurt anybody. Good luck to you. I wish you the best. Hang in there, 78 isn’t so old, if you’re in good health . Take good care of yourself.

  5. It’s funny how corrupt DOJ prosecutors always go after the small fish and collude with the politicized demoRat judge to over sentence them to time that it way too much for the level of the crime that they are alleged to have committed.

    But when the politically connected big fish are accused of the same crime, no matter how glaring and obvious the evidence of the crime, they can never “find” sufficient cause to pursue a criminal investigation.

    I look forward to seeing a “pay for play” investigation and indictment against Bill & Hillary Clinton & the Clinton Foundation and also a “pay for play” investigation against Joe Biden, his brother, and his son Hunter, especially given the video of Joe confessing to a “pay for play” in the Ukraine where the pay was for the Ukrainian president to fire the chief prosecutor who was investigating the oil and gas company, Burisma, on the board of which sat his son Hunter, fresh out of being discharged from the US Navy for drug use, at a salary of $1 million per year.

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