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Fugees Producer And Rapper John Forte Granted Pardon By President Bush

Halfway through a 14-year conviction for drug trafficking, musician is one of 14 people to receive pardons.

By Gil Kaufman

John-forte.jpgRapper and former Fugees producer John Forté was one of 14 people pardoned by President Bush on Monday, according to Reuters. He had been serving a sentence of 14 years in prison since 2001, after being found guilty of possession of 31 pounds of liquid cocaine with intent to distribute.

The presidential pardons, which were for offenses ranging from distribution of marijuana to unauthorized use of a pesticide, cannot be overruled and can help the recipients find jobs, live in public housing and vote. Bush has received more than 2,000 requests for pardons, which typically come fast and furious near the end of a president's term.

Forté - who studied violin at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire as a youth - co-wrote and produced two songs on the Fugees' Grammy-winning 1996 smash, The Score. Two years later, he released his debut, Poly Sci, on which Fugees member Wyclef Jean has an executive-producer credit.

Forté was arrested in 2000 at Newark International Airport after accepting a briefcase containing $1.4 million worth of cocaine. He released his confessional second album, 2002's I, John, while already serving his sentence at Pennsylvania's Lorreto Federal Penitentiary.




Comments (2)


Posted by Whis-Keezy | November 28, 2008 4:32 PM

Well nigga you better be thankful that Bush got drunk to one of your songs back in the day or your ass would still be rotting. "Let me clear my throat....uh huh uh huh" I liked that Fugees song to still.

Posted by mackie | November 29, 2008 10:08 AM

him dam lucky him getway hope him learn from that either rapper or drugist can't be both

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