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For some with Minn. criminal pasts, pardons come

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota's highest officials have granted a second chance to seven people with long-ago criminal pasts by granting them pardons.

The Board of Pardons agreed to the redemptive step after being persuaded that the people have served their time, atoned for their mistakes and turned their lives around. The board rejected more pardons than it granted.

The board is made up of the governor, attorney general and Supreme Court's chief justice. Their decisions must be unanimous.

Pardons came to applicants with convictions for drug use, theft and forgery. The move can remove job obstacles or just ease embarrassment of youthful indiscretions. With pardons, the crimes no longer have to be disclosed.

Pardons were denied in cases of sexual abuse, assault and possession of child pornography.

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