Do you think Wahlberg should receive a full pardon?
Actor Mark Wahlberg is seeking pardon from the state of Massachusetts for crimes he committed as a young man, Fox News reported Friday. Wahlberg, convicted of assaulting one man with a stick and another with his fist in a 1988 theft of two cases of alcohol, “says a pardon would be an inspiration to troubled kids that they can turn their lives around.”
What the report doesn’t say is that the man Wahlberg hit with the stick was blinded in one eye. Also, in stating his sentence as “three months,” the total is left unreported.
The source for the Fox report, New England Cable News, includes that detail of the assault and notes Wahlberg “served 45 days in prison.” But it is from Wahlberg’s parole application, embedded in that report, where readers learn the sentence was actually “two years in the house of corrections, 21 months suspended.”
The application also notes “Federal and State law prohibits you from obtaining a firearms permit where the pardon specifically prohibits you from carrying, transporting, possessing, and/or receiving firearms.” When asked if he is “requesting authorization to possess a firearm,” Wahlberg has included an attachment.
“I am seeking a full and unconditional pardon because, under California law, a full and unconditional pardon is the only form of pardon that will enable me to, for example, obtain a position as a parole or probation officer,” Wahlberg explains. “I have not attached any letters from my local licensing authorities because I am not seeking a full and unconditional pardon for the purpose of receiving a firearms permit.”