More than 25 years after she served her time, a Tualatin woman was shocked this week to receive a presidential pardon.
President Barack Obama offered no explanation when he pardoned 17 people Friday, mostly for minor offenses.
Included on the list was Lynn Stanek, who said she applied for the pardon back in 1998, when Bill Clinton was still president.
Stanek served six months in jail for using a communications center to distribute cocaine in 1986, according to a White House press release. A spokesman told The New York Times all of those pardoned this week demonstrated "genuine remorse" and were now law-abiding citizens.
In an email to KPTV's Kate Cagle, Stanek said she's thankful for the pardon because no matter how much time had passed since her conviction, "Paperwork never forgets."
"In the 25 years between my conviction and my pardon, I have obtained a master's degree, been married, had a child, gotten divorced, had a couple of different careers and started a small business," Stanek said.
"This pardon does not absolve me of my crime, but it does allow me to move beyond my past in a tangible, legal, and personally meaningful way. Despite my accomplishments, I have carried the stigma of ‘convicted felon' with me. I am better than my past - regardless if that ‘past' is a decade ago, or a day ago. This pardon, to me personally, is validation of that."
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