Just 1 of the 143 criminals given clemency by Trump, yesterday

He stole trade secrets from Google. Levandowski’s pardon supported by billionaire Peter Thiel, who donated to Trump’s 2016 campaign. Pardoned by Trump.

Anthony Levandowski, 40, had been sentenced in August 2020 to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to inappropriately downloading trade secrets from Google’s self-driving car operation Waymo, where he was an engineer.

The single guilty count was the result of a plea bargain; the engineer was originally charged with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. And the sentencing judge, William Alsup, described Levandowski’s theft as “the biggest trade secret crime I have ever seen” and refused the engineer’s request for home confinement, saying, it would give “a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets. Prison time is the answer to that.”

Levandowski had not yet begun his prison sentence due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A hearing on the timing of his prison sentence had been scheduled for 9 February.

And, now, he walks out the door. Courtesy of Obergruppenführer Trump.

2 thoughts on “Just 1 of the 143 criminals given clemency by Trump, yesterday

  1. 4therecord says:

    “The cottage industry behind Trump’s pardons: How the rich and well-connected got ahead at the expense of others” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-pardons-lobbying/2021/02/05/896f0b52-624b-11eb-9430-e7c77b5b0297_story.html
    “During his tenure as president of the United States (January 20, 2017–January 20, 2021), Donald Trump granted executive clemency to 237 individuals charged or convicted of federal criminal offenses, using his clemency power under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. Ordinarily, all requests for executive clemency for federal offenses are directed to the Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA) in the U.S. Department of Justice for review; however, Trump frequently bypassed the OPA, and the majority of his executive clemency grants were made to well-connected convicts who did not file a petition with the OPA or meet the OPA’s requirements. Overall, Trump granted less clemency than any modern president.
    Of the pardons and commutations that Trump did grant, the vast majority were to persons to whom Trump had a personal or political connection, or persons for whom executive clemency served a political goal. A significant number had been convicted of fraud or public corruption.[5] The New York Times reported that during the closing days of the Trump presidency, individuals with access to the administration, such as former administration officials, were soliciting fees to lobby for presidential pardons.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_granted_executive_clemency_by_Donald_Trump

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