President Obama Just Pardoned a Philadelphia Woman

And, no, Donald Trump can’t undo it.

Photo via White House

Photo via White House

While everybody is talking about the big names on President Obama’s just-released pardons and commutations list — most notably, convicted traitor and Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning and hotelier and tax fraud Ian Schrager — there are also some Philadelphians who made the list.

On Tuesday, Obama pardoned 64 individuals and commuted the sentences of 209 more, bringing the total granted clemency throughout his presidency to 1,597. (The full Obama pardon list appears at the end of this story.) He’s officially commuted more sentences than any other president in history — more than the number of commutations granted by the previous 12 presidents combined. (Big surprise: The two Bushes were the lowest of that bunch.)

If you’re wondering what the difference is between a pardon and a commutation, it’s pretty simple: A presidential pardon gets rid of a conviction, while a commutation shortens the sentence. Both are forms of clemency, and a president can only act upon a federal case. State convictions and sentences require the intervention of the governor.

Obama issued a pardon for North Philadelphia woman Corinda Rushelle Salvi. In 2005, Salvi was convicted of conspiracy and aiding and abetting the use of a counterfeit access device and sentenced to three years of probation. The scheme involved identities stolen from Wharton students and counterfeit credit cards. Prosecutors said that Salvi used counterfeit cards to make purchases at AutoZone, Wal-Mart, and a pet store. Not exactly where we’d shop with fake credit cards, but hey, that’s us.

Meanwhile, Obama commuted the sentences of two Philadelphia drug dealers.

In 2006, Darryl Barnes was sentenced to 25 years in prison for possession of crack with intent to distribute as well as firearms offenses, but his sentence now ends on May 17, 2017, thanks to Obama.

And Ruben Velez saw his 2008 sentence of life in prison on drug charges lowered to 20 years. He still has a while to go.

“These 273 individuals learned that our nation is a forgiving nation, where hard work and a commitment to rehabilitation can lead to a second chance, and where wrongs from the past will not deprive an individual of the opportunity to move forward,” wrote White House counsel Neil Eggleston in a statement. “While the mercy the President has shown his 1,597 clemency recipients is remarkable, we must remember that clemency is an extraordinary remedy, granted only after the President has concluded that a particular individual has demonstrated a readiness to make use of his or her second chance.”

Acts of presidential clemency are final and cannot be undone.

Here is the full list of pardons and commutations issued by President Obama on January 17th:

Commutations:

Pablo Abrugar Abulencia — Silver Spring, MD
Christopher Almaguer — Fort Worth, TX
Jerry Jerome Anderson ─ Macon, GA
Turner Ashe, Jr. ─ Indianapolis, IN
Roland J. Bailey ─ Washington, DC
Terrance Baker – Detroit, MI
Timothy Barker ─ Pleasantville, NJ
Darryl K. Barnes ─ Philadelphia, PA
Blake Demond Beard ─ College Park, GA
Kim Davis Beckstrom ─ Ogden, UT
Calvin Biggs ─ Chicago, IL
Anthony Billings – Clarksburg, WV
Wayne Allen Bledsoe, Jr. ─ Temple, TX
Robert Booker ─ Detroit, MI
Ulysses Simon Bouie ─ McDonough, GA
Antwan Boyd ─ Bartow, FL
Henry Robert Brown ─ Westchester, IL
Michael Dwight Brown – Glen Burnie, MD
Raymond Brown – Roper, NC
Valarian Jaymonn Brown – St. Petersburg, FL
William Brown – Covington, KY
Damon Burkhalter ─ Lewisville, TX
Clarence Rex Burnell ─ LaBarge, WY
Latasha Sherri Butler ─ Lubbock, TX
James Toves Cabaccang – Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Timothy Wayne Calhoun ─ Houston, TX
Rickey Calloway ─ Louisville, KY
Adrian Antoine Campbell ─ Hampton, GA
Paul Anthony Cass – Talladega, AL
Calvin Caver ─ Cleveland, OH
Alberto Chahia – Grand Forks, ND
John Choate – Albany, KY
Chris Coleman – Belton, MO
Kelvin Dandrea Cotton ─ Houston, TX
Melvin Couch ─ Elk Creek, KY
Terrance Cox – Jackson, TN
Iris Yolanda Davila – Reading, PA
Lawrence Stafford Davis – Andrews, SC
Robin Marie Davis – Roanoke, VA
Quincy Dennis ─ Cincinnati, OH
Christopher M. DePree – Cape Girardeau, MO
Vandarrell Leon Doe – Glennville, GA
Donald Wayne Dowling – Odessa, TX
Deante Drake – McKeesport, PA
Arthur Edmonds – Passaic, NJ
Daryl Edwards – Lakeland, FL
Billy Ray Fairley, Sr. – High Point, NC
Dujuan Farrow ─ Richmond, VA
Stacey Lane Fisher – Waynesboro, VA
Carroll Fletcher – Oxon Hill, MD
Leonard Lyle Fontenot – Ville Platte, LA
Donnell Bartholomew Ford – Houston, TX
German Gallegos – Fabens, TX
Jeffery Garrett – Indianapolis, IN
Darryl C. Gillard – Shreveport, LA
Ernest Milton Glover – Washington, DC
Ernest Gonzalez – Mathis, TX
Pablo Gonzalez, Jr. – Corpus Christi, TX
Kenneth Wayne Gragg – Hickory, NC
Rogel Grant ─ Brooklyn, NY
Fontelle Ricardo Groves – Clayton, NC
Antonio Merlin Harmon – Columbia, SC
Emma Jean Harmon – Tampa, FL
Douglas Eugene Harms ─ Sioux City, IA
Brian Keith Harvey – Largo, FL
Julius Shaner Hayes – Topeka, KS
Lionel Joseph Henderson, Jr. – Amelia, LA
Christopher Lamont Hill – Farnham, VA
Macheo Hill ─ Abilene, TX
Wesley Hodge ─ Havelock, NC
Roy Lee Hodgkiss – Austin, TX
Adrien Tyrell Horne – Greenville, NC
Leonard Hoskins – Henderson, KY
Willard Wayne Howard – Crittenden, KY
David Louis Hunter – Loxahatchee, FL
Jesse Jackson – San Antonio, TX
Robert Jackson, Sr. – Sanford, FL
Tony Lanier Jackson – Augusta, GA
Tracy Jackson ─ Shreveport, LA
Jeffrey Matthew Jeanetta – North St. Paul, MN
Randy R. Jefferson – Madison, WI
Lonnie Jennings ─ Chicago Heights, IL
Audrey Louis Johnson, Jr. – Louisville, KY
Timmy Nathan Johnson – Caruthersville, MO
Timothy Terell Johnson – Chicago, IL
Tony Johnson – Evansville, IN
Lamell T. Jones – Kansas City, MO
Leonard Jones – Fayetteville, GA
Dorian Jordan – Saint Louis, MO
Randolph Key – Johnston, SC
Safarra Kimmons – Memphis, TN
Johnny William Lane – Chicago, IL
Oscar Lopez, aka Oscar Lopez-Rivera – Chicago, IL
Johnny Marton Lott – Oklahoma City, OK
Rodney Lamont Love ─ Nashville, TN
Dwight J. Loving – Fort Hood, Texas
Connie Lee Lyons – St. Augustine, FL
Chelsea Elizabeth Manning – Oklahoma City, OK
Adan Nieves Martinez – Grand Forks, ND
Damand Matthews – Henderson, KY
Clemith L. McCray ─ Champaign, IL
Kevin C. McFerren – Memphis, TN
Mirackle McGlown ─ Flint, MI
Steven McKelvey ─ Greenville, SC
Delvin McKinney – Hallandale Beach, FL
Alphonse Milan – Gonzales, LA
Bobby Eugene Mitchell – Adamsville, AL
Tony Mitchell – Memphis, TN
Silas Junior Mobley ─ York, SC
Tracy Moorehead ─ Chicago, IL
Cesar Moreno, Sr. – Roma, TX
Eduardo Moreno – Roma, TX
Lazaro Moreno – Roma, TX
Luis Moreno – Roma, TX
Doyle Ray Morgan – Old Fort, NC
Stefan Valenti Mosley ─ Washington, DC
Aubrey Valdez Moton – Columbia, SC
Muff’t Ishmael Mustaafa – Chicago, IL
Willie Myers, Jr. – Pageland, SC
Andre Nelson ─ Norfolk, VA
Gregory Newton – Stanton, NE
Kenya Lasale Nicholson – Oklahoma City, OK
Wesley Eugene Northington – Evansville, IN
Sean Anthony Ogle – Minneapolis, MN
Frank Vincent Okiyama ─ Barrigada, Guam
Myron Dejuan Orr – Chicago, IL
Arboleda A. Ortiz – Houston, TX
William Ortiz – Bronx, NY
Michael Shavon Pate – Pensacola, FL
Jose Ramiro Pena – Grandview, WA
David Javier Perez – Roanoke, VA
Zeteral Perkins ─ Midland, TX
Gethsemane Pita – San Francisco, CA
Raul Portillo – Tornillo, TX
Michael Thomas Potts – Greensboro, NC
Kenneth Jay Putensen ─ Mallard, IA
Deneise Ann Quintanilla – Mesquite, TX
Miguel Angel Quintanilla – Dallas, TX
Kunta Kenta Redd – Hampstead, NC
Bobby Wayne Reed – Fort Worth, TX
Kenneth Louis Reid – Marshville, NC
Jerrod Richardson ─ Cleveland, OH
Rodrikus Marshun Robinson ─ Pittsboro, NC
Michael Sain – Holly Grove, AR
Nathaniel Salery – Montgomery, AL
Bruce Samuels – Portsmouth, VA
Jermaine Darnell Samuels ─ Peoria, IL
Axel Santos-Cruz – Allentown, PA
Adrian Scott – Baltimore, MD
Gino Velez Scott – Jacksonville, FL
Daryl Joseph Shaw – Cambridge, IL
Kandis Karlotta Shipman – Godfrey, Illinois
Jeffery Wayne Shondel – Cincinnati, IA
Brian Lafonta Smith – Alamo, TN
Vincent B. Snyder ─ Wabasso, FL
Dwight M. Spencer – Miami, FL
Kelzin Squirewell – Ridgeway, SC
Douglas Lee Stallworth – Bristol, TN
Dashon Coverta Starks – Lakeland, FL
John E. Stewart – Greenville, KY
Johnnie Stewart ─ Madison, WI
Duffy Lynn Striker – Hanceville, AL
Carlton Christopher Sullivan – Hyattsville, MD
Tyreese R. Taylor – Janesville, WI
Dorminic Thomas – Memphis, TN
Dwight A. Thomas – Independence, MO
Gary Thomas – Ardmore, OK
Michael Shawn Thomas – Salem, OR
Preston Bernard Thomas – Bradenton, FL
Mark J. Thornton – Hamilton, OH
Curtis Daryle Tinsley – Axton, VA
Ronald Toms – Washington, DC
Andres Wilfredo Torriente – Fort Washington, MD
Lulummba Clay Travis ─ Lexington, KY
Jessie L. Traylor – Paxton, IL
Yolanda Triana – Salt Lake City, UT
Matthew Arrington Turner – Chicago, IL
Warren Lee Underwood – Walnut Springs, TX
David Vaught – Aledo, TX
Ruben Velez – Philadelphia, PA
Rashard Kimako Wagner – North Charleston, SC
Kelly Joe Walker ─ Moville, IA
Raymond M. Walker, III – Evansville, IN
Timothy Michael Walker ─ Midland, TX
Tressie Walker – Peoria, IL
Ralph Darrell Warren ─ Toledo, OH
Kenneth Gary Washington – Vidalia, LA
Timothy Juan Washington – Aragon, GA
Gregory Antonio Webber – Killeen, TX
Christopher E. Webster – Clinton, IL
Terrance Wellons – Riviera Beach, FL
Brian Lee Wells – Cedar Rapids, IA
Robert James Pearson White – Manning, SC
Alfred Leonard Williams – El Paso, TX
Dante L. Williams – Richmond, VA
Kevin Williams ─ Memphis, TN
Omar Demortius Williams – Temple, TX
Randy Gean Williams – Haverstraw, NY
Rodney Anton Williamson – Greensboro, NC
Eric Wilson ─ Romeoville, IL
Jermaine Ali Wilson – Miami, FL
John F. Winkelman, Jr. – Renovo, PA
Terry Woods – Mebane, NC
Keith Wooten – Plainfield, NJ
Brenz Kaiwaena Wright – Conley, GA
Michael Wayne Wright – Long Beach, CA
Richard Arthur Wright – Lodi, CA
William Charles Wright ─ Shreveport, LA

Pardons:

James Robert Adelman – Tulsa, OK
John Clyde Anderson – Camano Island, WA
Zachary James Ray Anderson – Owensboro, KY
Octavio Joaquin Armenteros – Jacksonville, FL
Stephen Lee Arrington – Paradise, CA
John R. Barker, aka Johnnie Ray Barker – Waterloo, IA
Yolanda DeAnn Beck – Peoria, IL
Lisa Ann Bell, fka Lisa Ann Link – College Park, GA
Herbert Eugene Bennett – Lubbock, TX
Carrie Ann Burris – Idaho Falls, ID
Mitchell Ray Campbell – Twin Falls, ID
Robert Jay Carlton – Palm Coast, FL
James Edward Cartwright – Gainesville, VA
Edward Casas – Northridge, CA
Kurt David Christensen – Portland, OR
James Gordon Christmas III – Richmond, VA
Kim Kathleen Drake, fka Kim Hahn and Kim Otto – Pocatello, ID
Euphemia Lavonte Duncan, aka Euphemia Duncan-Stringer – Miami, FL
Germeen Duplessis, fka Germeen Michael Hasson – Woodland Hills, CA
DeAnne Nichole Dwight, fka Deanne Nichole Bell – Tucson, AZ
Oladipo Oluwadare Eddo – Manassas Park, VA
Trevor Chinweuba Ekeh, fka Chinweuba Trevor Ekeh – Houston, TX
Andrew Dale Ellifson – Scottsdale, AZ
Claude Nathalie Eyamba Fenno, fka Claude-Nathalie Ebehedi Eyamba – Silver Spring, MD
Marvin Glyn Ferrell, Jr. – Benton, MO
Sheree Lynn Fox – Williamsburg, VA
Arthur Martin Gilreath, aka Arthur Martin Gilbreath – Pine Knot, KY
Ronald Earl Green – Cameron, SC
Billy Lynn Greene – Oilton, OK
Peter Dwight Heidgerd – East Point, GA
Fred Elleston Hicks – Racine, WI
Charles D. Hinton – Blevins, AR
Robert Kevin Hobbs, aka Kevin Hobbs – Louisville, KY
LeAnton Sheldon Hopewell, Sr. – Huber Heights, OH
Joseph William Hopkins – Cypress, TX
Michelle Breazeale Horton, fka Michelle Diane Mulkey and Michelle Diane Breazeale – Belton, SC
Mark Eugene Ivey – Gilbertsville, KY
Lisa Ann Jandro, aka Joline Marie Herman – Brooklyn Center, MN
Annis Page Kilday-Douthat, fka Page Kilday Tino – Greeneville, TN
Brian Seiji Kito – Los Angeles, CA
Matthew Steeves Lamb, aka Matthew Steves Lamb – San Antonio, TX
Taquilla Monyetta Love – Prattville, AL
Darryl Pernell Loveless – Fredericksburg, VA
Randy Wayne Maxwell – Pine Knot, KY
Jack Donald McAlister – Canaan, NH
Willie L. McCovey – Woodside, CA
Patricia Marie McNichol – Wilmington, DE
Michele Mellor, fka Michele Kotansky– Hazelton, PA
Miriam Ortega – Miami, FL
Roger Burel Patterson – Dahlonega, GA
Mary Frances Perez, fka Mary F. Pena – Deming, NM
Jimmy Wayne Pharr – Belmont, MS
Jimmy Alton Pierce – Hampstead, NC
Cynthia Ann Raffensparger, fka Cynthia Ann Grange Hansen – Orem, UT
Corinda Rushelle Salvi – Philadelphia, PA
Ian Schrager – New York, NY
Diana Simmons, fka Diana Bingaman and Diana Lopez – Chino Hills, CA
Jennifer Lynn Smith, fka Jennifer Hanscom – Windham, ME
Kevin Sharod Smith – Great Falls, MT
Danny Ray Softley, aka Dan R. Softley – Grafton, NE
Brian Keith Solum – Fargo, ND
Michael Anthony Tedesco – Murrysville, PA
Crystal Jo Varner, fka Crystal Woodard – Akron, OH
Thomas Eric Wahlstrom – Marquette, MI

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