Can we question the judgement of Tim Pawlenty based on the pardon of Jeremy Giefer? Some say yes some say no. I say yes we can and should. As governor you do not have to pardon anyone. Some governors gave out hundreds of pardons. While others gave out none. I do not think Sarah Palin gave out any pardons doing her time as governor.
As Spider-man's uncle said “with great power comes great responsibility.” Before I would overturn what a decision a judge and jury made, I would be very careful. I would only do it when it was absolutely necessary.
Was it absolutely necessary to give Jeremy Giefer a pardon? No it was not.
Jeremy Giefer served 45 days in prison in 1994 after being convicted of statutory rape of a 14 year old girl. He was 19 at the time. He later married and had kids with the same girl. In 2008 Jeremy Giefer asked for a pardon from Tim Pawlenty for the 1994 statutory rape conviction . Tim Pawlenty gave him a pardon and his record was wiped clean. In 2010 it was found out that Jeremy Giefer had been have sex with his own 15 year old daughter for the past six years. Since the girl was 9 years old.
There is no way Tim Pawlenty could have known Jeremy Giefer was molesting his own daughter.
Based on he did know, based on the facts at the time. Should Pawlenty have gave
So why a pardon in 2008. Why a pardon after all these years. Because Jeremy wife wanted to open a daycare center in their home. Under the law she could not open a child day care center because she was married to a sex offender.
In giving Jeremy Giefer a pardon. Tim Pawlenty tried to hide important information from the parents of the children that might go to that day care center.
Below is part of Jeremy Giefer pardon request that was sent to Tim Pawlenty.
"I was told May 2007 that I could no longer coach my son's baseball team because I was considered a sex offender. We opened a towing company October 2004 and we were told that if we would like to expand our business and tow for the state Patrol you need to have a clear record. Also my wife has worked in the childcare field for 11 years and she was hoping to open our home to care for children but she is not able to do that since I live in the home."
At the time he was asking for a pardon
It was known that Jeremy Giefer had pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct two years earlier for verbally assaulting the chief of police.
While he had a wife and kids at home. He was paying child support. Because he had a child with one of the neighbors he had an affair with.
About five years before the pardon. Jeremy Giefer was charged with domestic assault and malicious punishment of a child. He hit one of his kids in the face so had it left a mark. This charge was dismissed on condition that he go a year without racking up any similar offenses.
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