At Least 4 Tennessee Men Receive Presidential Pardons

Jan 21, 2021

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  At least four Tennessee men are among the 73 people pardoned by President Donald Trump during the final hours of his term.

Nashville resident Robert Sherrill founded a mentoring program for at-risk youth and a group that works to ease prisoner reentry. Knoxville's Josh Smith founded a business then used the money from the sale of his company to start the Fourth Purpose Foundation, a criminal justice reform group. Both served time for drug convictions. David Miller was convicted of making a false statement to a bank. He is now the development director at prison ministry Men of Valor. A fourth man, Johnny Phillips Jr. served time for fraud. He now advocates for diabetes research.