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President Joe Biden Grants Full Pardon to 77-Year-Old Man Who Was Convicted of Illegal Whiskey Sale in the 1960s

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U.S. President Joe Biden announces new economic actions against Russia in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on March 11 in Washington, D.C. Biden this week released a clemency list, pardoning six individuals including Charlie Byrne Jackson. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A 77-year-old man in Swansea, South Carolina, has been granted a full pardon from U.S. President Joe Biden, clearing an illegal liquor violation from his criminal record.

Charlie Byrnes Jackson was involved in an illegal whiskey transaction — a federal violation — when he was 18, according to the Post and Courier.

Jackson was one of six people to be granted full pardons by Biden’s clemency list, which was published Friday.

In the 1960s, Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of possession and sale of distilled spirits without tax stamps and was sentenced to five years probation. In 1964, Jackson attempted after to enlist in the Marine Corps but was rejected because of the conviction.

The others granted pardons on the clemency list were:

  • Beverly Ann Ibn-Tamas, 80, of Columbus, Ohio, who was convicted of killing her husband when she was 33. She testified that her husband had beaten, verbally abused and threatened her, and she shot him after he assaulted her while she was pregnant
  • John Dix Nock III, 72, of St. Augustine, Florida, who pleaded guilty to using his property as a grow-house for marijuana 27 years ago.
  • Gary Parks Davis, 66, of Yuma, Arizona, who admitted to using a telephone for a cocaine transaction when he was 22.
  • Edward Lincoln De Coito III, 50, of Dublin, California, who at age 23 was involved in a marijuana-trafficking conspiracy.
  • Vincente Ray Flores, 37, of Winters, California, who consumed ecstasy and alcohol while serving in the Air Force when he was 19.

In October, Biden issued presidential pardons for all current U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who “committed the offense of simple possession of marijuana in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.”

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David Morrow is the Editor In Chief of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.