Official forgiveness? In many cases it will be the only way that people who make mistakes can get on with their lives. It may be time to start putting pressure on Governors to step up a little more often and help folks out with these types of opportunities.
When the governor pardoned a British expatriate/Newport News resident last week for an old crime in the commonwealth, he helped her dodge a deportation bullet in the 11th hour.
Not everyone is happy about this — least of all a fellow Newport News woman, American born and bred, with an old rap of her own who's been trying to get the governor's attention for a while.
I wrote about "Mary" back in May. In 1987, she was convicted of two armed bank robberies. She did her time, made her restitution, finished her parole.
Since her release 12 years ago, she's been rebuilding her life and trying in vain to get back some basic civil rights, which in Virginia isn't easy.