Taft pardons 2 convicted of selling drugs
COLUMBUS (AP) -- On his last business day in office, Gov. Bob Taft pardoned two men convicted of selling drugs who had completed their prison terms.
Pardoned Friday were Andrew Smith, 26, of Franklin County, who served a short prison sentence in 2003 for trafficking in cocaine, and Michael Moore, 50, of Preble County, who served six months behind bars in the early 1990s for attempted aggravated trafficking in LSD and marijuana.
The Ohio Parole Board had recommended clemency in both cases.
Taft, a Republican whose final day in office is Sunday, did nothing with 66 other requests, including two from death row inmates John Spirko and Jerome Henderson.
In 1991, in one of his last acts in office, Democratic Gov. Richard Celeste commuted the death sentences of eight inmates -- four men, four women -- saying he was concerned about racial bias in sentencing and the background effects of prisoners' low intelligence and substance abuse. All the women and two of the men were black.