FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Gov. Paul LePage delivers State of the State address to the Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Maine. In March 2019, the state released a list of 115 people forgiven by the former Gov LePage following a public records request by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
AUGUSTA, Maine – Documents obtained by The Associated Press show former Maine Gov. Paul LePage forgive his deceased mentor with the grandson and people convicted of everything from drug trafficking to embezzlement.
The state released the list of 112 people who were spared in response to a request from the AP under the state Freedom of Access Act. The state had previously acknowledged only a name.
Past Maine governors routinely released the names of the persons forgiven in high-profile cases. But the secretary of state’s office this year, said 2017 is a change in the laws of the state prevent the release of grace made by LePage, a Republican.
The state has since reversed course. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed a March 15 executive order, so that the grace can be made public.
A message was left seeking comment from representatives for LePage, who left office in January.