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Bush Issues 14 Pardons to Criminals

President Bush has issued 14 pardons to convicted criminals, and has commuted the prison sentences of two others.

The pardons, announced Monday, include no high-profile names. They were for people convicted of such acts as bank embezzlement, making false statements to the federal government, unlawfully killing wildlife, and committing drug offenses.

Including Monday's actions, Mr. Bush has granted 171 pardons and commuted eight sentences while U.S. president.

Pardons are one of the president's absolute powers, and in recent years it has become typical for the president to issue pardons as he prepares to leave office.

White House officials say he made the pardon decisions on a case-by-case basis, and will continue to review clemency requests.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Bloomberg.