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Grant DMX a Presidential Pardon

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On March 28, 2018 Earl Simmons (pka DMX) was sentenced to one year in jail for felony tax evasion. The rapper will then have three years of supervised release. Simmons was first hit with tax evasion charges in July 2017, when he was arrested for “engaging in a multi-year scheme” to hide his income and faced 14 charges of tax fraud. He initially pled not guilty and posted $500,000 bail. Simmons subsequently pled guilty to one count of tax fraud in November 2017, and in January, he was placed in jail on a bail violation.

In addition to serving one year in prison, DMX will also have to pay $2.3 million after being released. He will be allowed to pay in installments that total 10% of his gross monthly income. DMX will also have to attend an outpatient substance abuse program as well as an outpatient mental health program.

DMX has 15 children, and is behind in his child support payments by approximately $400,000. If he is left to sit in jail for the next year AND pay the government in excess of 2 million dollars, his children will suffer even more. The President has the authority to grant Mr. Simmons a pardon and allow him to perform. With DMX able to perform, he can raise money to support his large family. 

Most pardons reward, or otherwise benefit, the person being pardoned. In this case, much like the Wu-Tang Clan, the pardon would be "for the children". President Trump has called upon the NFL players for recommendations on who to pardon. He has taken suggestions from famous actors on who to pardon. Why not ask the general public, and help 15 children at the same time?

We are asking that Larry Kupers, the Acting Pardon Attorney, prepare application and recommend to the President of the United States to pardon Earl Simmons.

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