Wahlberg’s plea points up risk of issuing pardons

December 15, 2014 4:35 AM

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BOSTON (AP) — Actor Mark Wahlberg’s plea for a pardon has focused fresh attention on excusing criminal acts — something governors rarely do because it’s so politically risky.

Massachusetts hasn’t approved a pardon in more than a decade. Republican Mitt Romney didn’t pardon anyone before he left as governor in 2007. Only now, in the twilight of his eight years in office, has Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick recommended any pardons.

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