Brickbat: Unpardonable

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama pardoned Tennessee resident Roy Grimes for altering and depositing a money order back in 1960. Grimes, who had no other criminal record, decided he wanted to start collecting guns, something he couldn't do before as a convicted felon. But the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a presidential pardon is worthless in the Volunteer State. The TBI says state law says convicted felons can't own firearms and it contains no exceptions for people who have been pardoned.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Beyond the obvious sentimental value, Grimes applied for the pardon because he wanted to collect handguns. He always loved the classic Western heroes, like Marshal Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke."

    Obama checked with Tennessee before hand and pardoned Grimes just to dick with him. And also to dick with the thousands of others he could have pardoned who are actually behind bars hoping for a pardon.

  • ||

    I guess federal supremacy and the 14th amendment only work for subjugating the citizenry.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Sorry, I almost believed it until you said Obama pardoned someone. You ahve to work on your believability.

  • Rich||

    "What is the value of a presidential pardon?"

    1) Whatever it is, it's been significantly diminished by ego inflation.

    2) Whatever people are willing to pay for it.

  • ||

    This story makes no sense to me. First off, why would shitweasel choose to pardon this guy? Second, can he pardon someone convicted in state court, or just people convicted in federal court? Third, the TBI kinda have a good point.

    Can Grimes sue and have this gun rights restored? If I were a judge I would be cautious about setting a precedent but this guy seems like an exception could be made for him.

  • Rich||

    Grimes was convicted of *altering and depositing a money order*.

    If that doesn't make him a potential terrorist, I don't know what does.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    If you throw in inflation and interest it probably breaks the $10,000 ($5000) limit and I bet he didn't report it to the terrorism bureau either.

  • Brett L||

    What? The crime is wiped off the slate. The guy is no longer a convicted felon if he was pardoned of his only criminal offense. This is how pardons have always worked.

  • Hillary's Clitdong||

    I was wondering the same thing. Was there a state-law conviction as well?

  • Pathogen||

    Grimes should move to Chicago and join a gang, then he can have as many guns as he wants... problem solved.

  • Agammamon||

    Was this a *state* crime? Because if so, why would the president have *any* pardon authority?

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