IFAS | Freedom Writer | Winter 2001 | colson.html

Chuck Colson pardoned by Jeb Bush

Chuck Colson, President Richard Nixon's "hatchet man," recently had his right to practice law, vote and serve on a jury reinstated. Florida's Governor Jeb Bush pardoned Colson, saying, "He certainly has served his time. The crime he committed was a serious one, but I think it's time to move on. I know him. He's a great guy, he's a great Floridian." Colson, who served seven months in a federal prison in 1975 because of his involvement in the Watergate scandal, lost these rights upon becoming a convicted felon.

Colson became a born-again Christian while serving time. Upon release from prison he started Prison Fellowship Ministries, which now has a prominent place in "faith-based action" in the Texas penal system, and may soon go nationwide if President George W. Bush has his way.

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