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Tindall seeking pardon

Jackson County legislator James D. Tindall is seeking a presidential pardon stemming from his 1999 felony conviction.

Tindall told The Star’s Mike Hendricks today that he wants to clear his name. He said he doesn’t need the pardon to seek re-election next year.

The Justice Department on Monday confirmed the existence of a “pending pardon application” from Tindall.

“It is currently under consideration, and there has been no final decision,” said Wyn Hornbuckle, a Justice Department spokesman.

Hornbuckle said Tindall has applied on his own behalf. “To clarify, a third party cannot apply for pardon on behalf of another person,” he said.

Tindall has been elected to two, four-year terms -- in 2006 and 2010 -- since his conviction. He was first elected to the Legislature in 1982 and served until 1996, a span that included a stint as chairman.

A jury convicted Tindall in 1999 of filing false income tax statements, a felony. Despite that, Tindall was certified to run for election two more times because of vague election rules. Those rules make it unclear who enforces state law that bars those convicted of a felony or federal misdemeanor from running for office.