Pardon me…

A governor’s pardon might not mean as much as some would hope, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled in a case handed down Tuesday. Seal of the State of Missouri

“The governor shall have power to grant reprieves, commutations and pardons…”

Wayne Stallsworth pleaded guilty in 1960 to burglary, a felony. The court gave him probation, but later revoked his probation and he served two years in prison for his crime. Governor Bob Holden, 44 years after his guilty plea, pardoned Stallsworth.  The next year, Stallsworth applied for and obtained a CCW permit in Buchanan County (St. Joe is the county seat). He successfully renewed his CCW in Buchanan County in 2008 and 2011.

No CCW for people who pleaded guilty to felonies, even with a pardon.

When he moved to Jackson County (Kansas City area) and tried to renew his CCW, the Sheriff said no. The sheriff said the old guilty plea was evidence he was guilty of the felony and, even though the pardon obliterated the conviction, the guilty plea remained. The Court of Appeals agreed. No CCW for people who pleaded guilty to felonies, even with a pardon.