Texas parole board makes decision on pardon recommendation for George Floyd

A recommendation of a posthumous pardon for George Floyd by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles was withdrawn along with 24 others, after finding procedural errors within its submission.

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The board will review the errors related to the applications, a spokesperson for Governor Greg Abbott’s office, Renae Eze said, adding that the governor “did not have the opportunity to consider it.”

It would be only the second time since 2010 that a person in Texas had received a posthumous pardon from the governor.

These are the eight Texas residents Abbott did grant pardons to:

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David Boyd Pool, 74, for theft in 1965.
Gary Lynn Dickey, 42, for burglary of a vehicle in 1997.
Christina Marie Edgar, formerly Christina Marie Emmert, 52, for theft in 2013.
Subrina Sophus-Collins, formerly Subrina Maeca Sophus, 54, for unlawfully carrying a weapon on alcohol premises in 1994.
Olukayode David Koleosho, 46, for robbery in 1996.
David Anthony Mendes, 46, for theft in 1994.
Joe Bob Wilcoxson, 76, for theft in 2013.
Joseph Edward Braithwaite, 59, for evasion of income taxes in 1999.

An “unusually high number” of pardon recommendations have been sent to the governor’s desk by the board, in fact, 67 precisely, which is more than double the average Abbott typically receives in a year.

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