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After Delay, Pardons Granted

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has granted pardons to four men who were wrongfully convicted. Marlon Pendleton spent 13 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. He says yesterday’s pardon will make it easier to get a job.

PENDLETON: I’ve been working odd jobs here and there. You may laugh at me, but I have even cashed in aluminum cans to keep food on my plate.

The pardon will also allow Pendleton to get compensation from the state. He was released two years ago and has been waiting for one since.

Yesterday’s pardon comes two weeks after attorneys for Pendleton sought to get around the governor by asking the courts to certify his innocence.

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