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Florida governor restores Colson’s civil rights

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP)–Florida has quietly restored the civil rights of Charles Colson more than 25 years after he was convicted of trying to cover up the Watergate scandal, according to the Associated Press.

Colson, 68, regained the right to vote, own a gun and practice law.

The former special counsel to President Nixon served seven months in federal prison for obstruction of justice.

His name was on a list of 22 people who had their rights restored by executive order.

“He certainly has served his time,” Republican Gov. Jeb Bush told the Associated Press Oct. 10. “The crime that he committed was a serious one, but I think it’s time to move on. I know him. He’s a great guy, he’s a great Floridian.”

Colson, now a born-again Christian, has spent the last 24 years as head of a Virginia-based prison ministry and has written several books.

No hearing was involved in restoring his rights. Felons who apply for restoration of their rights are reviewed by the state’s parole commission before being placed on a list that is sent to the governor and Cabinet.

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