Former Pittsburgh City Councilman Sala Udin was among the seventy-eight people that were pardoned today by President Obama.
According to Bob Bauder and Matthew Santoni of the Tribune-Review, Udin was carrying an unloaded rifle along with a bottle of moonshine in the trunk of his car in 1970 from Mississippi where he was part of the Freedom Riders in 1965 to advocate for voting rights and desegregation. Traveling back to Pittsburgh, Udin was pulled over in Louisville, KY.
The same year he was charged for illegally transporting firearms and untaxed alcohol across state lines. These charges caused Udin to serve seven months out of a five-year sentence in federal prison before he was paroled.
Despite such charges, Udin received a pardon for his various criminal charges that occurred from 1968 until 1970. President Obama looked past Udin’s criminal record and pardoned seventy-eight people including Udin, which reduced the number of federal convicts sentences to 153.
Over his eight years as Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama has issued 148 pardons and 1,176 commutations.