Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, membership in a state accountants’ group had no influence on his pardon of another auditor, the group claims (the Associated Press)
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, in his last days in office, pardoned a well-to-do help the “career drunk driver,” in an effort to, the man of a lucrative promotion, a relocation, a trademark of Snyder’s critics as a mockery of the justice search.
The former Governor quickly Jim Jagger application is approved for a pardon in the last year. After the submission in October, Jagger got a hearing in December and was pardoned before Christmas – shortly before Snyder left office because of state’s term-limit laws.
Jagger had been senior vice President of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, earning $144,000 a year. He was scheduled to be the next President of the Association, served with 18,000 members, including Snyder.
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The Troy-based group offers career workshops, monitors trends, and lobbies state legislators in Lansing to influence legislation and accounting rules.
The Oakland County state pardon attorney against fast-tracking Jagger ‘ s, say, that the Governor was the “special treatment” for a “career drunk driver,” just because the man’s status as a CPA.
It remains unclear why Snyder took the rare step of pardon Jagger, after having issued less than 100 pardons over his eight years in office. But records obtained by the Associated Press show that it is a top priority.
Jagger had four drunken-driving convictions from 1989 to 2007. While such offences an administrative offence, its meant to be repeated offense in General, he was charged before a crime according to the most recent arrest.
He was sentenced, as a result of the crime and was sentenced to 135 days in prison, with judge Michael Warren called him a “danger to the public.” Jagger served for the set, but thanks to the pardon the felony conviction was expunged from his record.
The Michigan Association of CPAs published a statement on Facebook about Jagger and the reprieve following the news that the pardon had nothing to do in relations to the group with Snyder’s.
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“Our Association represents CPAs in our great state, and while the former Governor Snyder is a member and supporter of the pardon had by his office to one of our employees has nothing to do with his status, even with a relationship,” the statement signed by President Peggy Dzierzawski reads.
“I still haven’t officially announced my retirement, and if I was looking for, a Committee appointed by our board of directors, and receive a search company. All candidates go through the same process before as for the role of President & CEO,” she added.
Records show that Jagger said in a in December, sorry to hear that he was a “leading candidate” to the President of the CPA, the felony conviction would make him a candidate a less desirable.
“I left a limited window of earning potential, and I’m trying to maximize. … But even if not, the opportunity there are other options, or I could actively pursue a job,” said says Jagger.
“The me for 14, 15 years would not be the present, I would have added to the life I have now,” Jagger. “So, regardless of the outcome of this, I’m a pretty happy, blessed person.”
His testimony prompted to recommend to the parole board, he was granted a pardon by the Governor, in a vote of 9-1. Chris Gautz, a spokesman for the corrections Department, said of the outlet, while the board was never put under pressure to vote in a particular way, your voice is really important, “because the Governor will forgive who he wants.”
Still, a lot of nepotism suspected in Snyder’s decision to pardon Jagger, who had no special properties, except for the wealthy and well connected.
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“The term ‘justice is blind”, it is meant to reaffirm that the core concept of criminal justice, namely that all people are equal in the eyes of the law, regardless of how rich or poor you are, and regardless of how powerful or powerless they are in society,” Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said last year in a letter to the parole board.
“The granting of Mr. Jaggers excuse me please … would be a mockery of this concept,” she added.
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, was Michigan’s Governor on Jan. 1 after the elections in November.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.