November 25, 2008

Daughter’s homework gets dad a pardon

A Conroe, Texas, man said a letter his daughter wrote for a homework assignment years ago has yielded him a presidential pardon.

Danny Pue, who was convicted on felony charges of illegal treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and chemicals used to preserve utility poles in 1996, was one of 14 people pardoned Monday by President George W. Bush, KHOU-TV, Houston, reported Tuesday. Pue, who was a supervisor for a creosote company when he was charged, served six months of house arrest and paid a $1,000 fine for his crimes.

Pue said his daughter, Karen Flint, had requested the pardon in a letter she wrote the president for a college government class in 2003. However, he said no one in the family had really expected the letter to result in a pardon.

It really wasn't so important to me as it was to my family, Pue said. My poor little wife, she's been crying all afternoon.

Pue said the pardon for his felony conviction will allow him to once again own a gun and take up his old hobby of sports shooting.