Fans Petition Bush to Pardon R&B Singer Ron Isley, Legend to be Jailed Next Month

Isley fans have launched a letter-writing campaign to President George W. Bush in the hopes that he will step in and use his executive power to spare Isley a three-year federal prison sentence, just as Bush did for former Dick Cheney aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. According to the fans, Isley, who was convicted of five counts of tax evasion and one count of failing to file a tax return and sentenced in Sept. 2006, should be spared prison because of his age and poor health. As part of their effort, they have solicited the help of radio host Tom Joyner of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.” A June 6 letter to President Bush that is posted on BlackAmericaWeb.com Isley’s label is urging fans to contact the White House via email or telephone for a potential “executive presidential pardon.” Ron Isley is scheduled to report to prison on August 7th to serve a three year sentence. To reach the White House, call 202-456-1414 or email president@whitehouse.gov. Isley, 64, was convicted of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return in a statement late 2005. Prosecutors said Isley evaded the IRS by demanding cash payments for millions of dollars in performance fees he earned between 1997 and 2002. He also put homes and a yacht in the names of his then-wife or corporations, and cashed royalty checks belonging to his late brother, O’Kelly Isley, according to the government.

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