President issues pardons for nine people

Obama's first pardons go to people convicted on charges ranging from cocaine possession to coin mutilation

Published December 3, 2010 9:01PM (EST)

President Barack Obama has granted the first pardons of his presidency, to nine people convicted of crimes ranging from cocaine possession to mutilation of coins.

The White House announced the pardons Friday as Obama was in the air on the way back from a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

No well-known people were on the list and most of the crimes seemed low-grade. Five involved drug or liquor offenses.

By Associated Press

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