(Markesan) A Markesan man has been pardoned by the governor. Tony Evers recently announced another 56 pardons, bringing the total number of granted pardons to 554 since 2019.
Among the 56 pardons was Thomas Ruetten. When he was 21-years-old, Ruetten sold marijuana to an undercover officer three times. Thirty-four years later, Ruetten is a respected member of the Markesan community where he lives with his children and owns a floor coating business. The governor’s office says the court supports his pardon.
The Wisconsin Constitution grants the governor the power to pardon individuals convicted of a crime. A pardon is an official act of forgiveness that restores rights lost when someone is convicted of a felony, including the right to serve on a jury, hold public office, and gain certain professional licenses. However, a pardon does not expunge court records.