Federal Presidential Pardon

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David Lane Woolsey

Posted on | October 2, 2010 | No Comments

In 1992 David Lane Woolsey was convicted of digging up Native American ruins in Utah. Apparently, Utah has a problem with amateurs and professionals digging up Native American ruins where said digs are “unauthorized.” Oddly, Woolsey and another dude were deepening a hole that was already there, but that was enough for a conviction under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, 16 U.S.C. 470aa-mm.

Some good doing hikers reported the men and the authorities did their duty by enforcing the law. The sentencing judge was not overwhelmed with the criminal intent of Woolsey.

In a very unsophisticated manner, Woolsey applied for a federal presidential pardon never expecting to get it. George W. Bush granted the pardon for no apparent reason. In my opinion, Bush is an outdoors man himself and likely felt some type of affinity towards Woolsey’s simple application.

Archaeological Resources Protection Act

Archaeological Resources Protection Act


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