Federal Presidential Pardon

A Study of Noteworthy Presidential Pardons

Ronald Foster

Posted on | December 3, 2010 | No Comments

In 1963 at Camp Lejeune, Ronald Foster took pennies and cut them into dimes. The vending machines at the base took dimes to pay for cigarettes and other items. You could get a 30 cent pack of cigarettes for 3 cents. The secret service arrested Ronald Foster and some other fellow marines for mutilation of currency. Unbeknown to Ronald Foster, his commanding officer entered a guilty plea on his behalf.

In 2005, when Ronald Foster applied for a gun permit, he was denied based on his felony conviction for cutting up coins.

Ronald Foster now holds the dubious honor of being Obama’s first pardon. I guess Ronald Foster’s commanding officer nickel and dimed into that plea.

Nickel & Dimed

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