President Joe Biden pardoned a number of individuals this week, including a woman who was convicted of murder.
According to Fox News, 80-year-old Beverly Ann Ibn-Tamas was found guilty of second-degree murder in 1976 after fatally shooting her husband.
Ibn-Tamas testified at her trial that she had been threatened as well as physically and verbally abused while pregnant.
The defendant said the shooting happened moments after her husband attacked her. Ibn-Tamas received a sentence of one to five years behind bars minus credit for time served.
Another pardon recipient was 66-year-old Gary Park Davis, who spent six months in prison for using a telephone as part of a cocaine deal.
Also pardoned was Edward Lincoln De Coito III, a 50-year-old man who served less than two years for trafficking marijuana.
Another beneficiary was 37-year-old veteran Vincent Ray Flores. Flores, who plead guilty to ecstasy use and alcohol consumption while serving in the military. He was sentenced to four months confinement and a fine.
The two other former offenders were 77-year-old Charlie Byrnes Jackson, who was convicted six decades ago for illegally selling whiskey illegally, and 72-year old John Dix Nock III, who was caught with marijuana 27 years ago.
Those pardons come nearly three months after the president announced in a series of tweets that he would be pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession.
As I’ve said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.
Today, I’m taking steps to end our failed approach. Allow me to lay them out.
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 6, 2022
"As I’ve said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana," Biden declared. "Today, I’m taking steps to end our failed approach. Allow me to lay them out."
"I’m pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession," the president declared. "There are thousands of people who were previously convicted of simple possession who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My pardon will remove this burden."
"I’m calling on governors to pardon simple state marijuana possession offenses," he continued. "Just as no one should be in a federal prison solely for possessing marijuana, no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason, either."
The president went on to complain that federal law classifies "marijuana at the same level as heroin – and more serious than fentanyl," something he said "makes no sense."