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    Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:02:23

    President Bush Pardons John Forte - Related to drug smuggling charges

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    John Forte, a close friend of The Fugees and Carly Simon, has received a full presidential pardon from George W. Bush, clearing him of drug smuggling charges from Newark International Airport in 2000. At the time, Forte was arrested and charged with possession of a briefcase containing nearly $1.4 million in liquid cocaine. He also received conspiracy to distribute charges.

    President Bush recently pardoned or granted commuted prison sentences to 14 people including Forte, who turned down a plea deal and maintained his innocence all along. Forte's last LP was 2002's I, John, which was finished during the beginning of his 14-year prison sentence.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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