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My Pardon Journey—Case No. P204207

Many of my readers have asked me what I’ve been up to this year. I’ve been working on a few major issues in my life, but writing blog posts has not been one of them. In case you missed my earlier posts, I am a convicted felon for life because of my past mistakes. I have been and continue to be dramatically affected by this status in practically every area of my life. In short, I applied for a Presidential pardon in September, 2016 with the Pardon Office of the United States Department of Justice. I could write more about that here, but I thought you might enjoy a read of my letter to the President instead.

I’ve kept this matter quiet because there will be naysayers and possible victimization by the press, as there has been in the past. But with only twenty days left in Obama’s Presidency, time is of the essence for persuading him to grant a pardon to me before he leaves office on January 20th.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers during this countdown. All is not lost if Obama does not grant a pardon, however. In that case, my application will be leftover for Mr. Trump. I could use a few angels in Washington to whisper into Obama’s ear. If any readers out there are politically connected (I’m not), please contact those connections immediately and reference case no. P204207. And, by all means, please provide them with a copy of my letter below.

So, without further delay, here’s the much anticipated letter:

Thanks for reading and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

September 21st, 2016

 

The President of the United States

c/o Office of the Pardon Attorney
Mr. Robert Zauzmer 
145 N Street N.E.
Room 5E.508
Washington, D.C. 20530

RE: Pardon Petition for Tammy Ann Thomas  

Dear Mr. President:

My name is Tammy Ann Thomas, and I am writing to ask you for the relief of executive pardon for my conviction for 18 U.S.C. 1623 (perjury) and 18 U.S.C. 1503 (obstruction of justice) because I lied before a federal grand jury in 2003. This request is made with respect for the clemency powers granted the President in Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution.

From 1999-2002, I was selected to represent our country as a member of the United States Cycling Team with USA Cycling. During this time, I traveled the world and won medals in various world cup competitions. I also ended a medal drought for U.S. women in the match sprint discipline by earning a silver medal at the 2001 World Track Cycling championships in Antwerp, Belgium. During my quest to become an Olympic champion, I found myself trapped by my own poor decisions. I was sexually abused by my coach who provided me with dangerously high doses of testosterone, and I became addicted to these substances. After becoming a member of the United States Cycling Team, my climb into the elite world of international cycling was halted by several positive tests for steroids, and I became the first cyclist to receive a lifetime ban for doping. Ultimately, I lost everything because of my desire to win.

Nearly thirteen years ago, I made a self-serving decision and lied under extreme stress. As a result, I was the first person to stand trial for my involvement in the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) case that rocked Major League Baseball, the NFL, and Olympic sports, and was branded a felon for life in 2008. I was sentenced to five years’ probation with six months’ monitored home detention, 500 hours of community service, and a mandatory $400.00 special assessment. (Exhibit 1, United States of America v. Tammy A. Thomas, Judgment in a Criminal Case). After 49 months of the 60 months ordered with no reported violations, Judge Susan Illston granted early termination of probation on December 13th, 2012 (Exhibit 2, Order Terminating Probation).

As I reflect back on my life, I am sincerely remorseful for my actions during my grand jury testimony and for any lasting damage that I may have caused the United States government in its investigation of steroids in sports. During my testimony, I failed to own up to my past steroid use. My actions were wrong. I have since turned my life around, obtained a law degree, have no subsequent criminal record, and have made it my mission to live “by the book” now and in the future.

I have been clean of illegal performance enhancing substances since June, 2005 (eleven years), and I no longer associate with PED users. This is largely because I evaluated where my life was headed, and where I actually wanted it to be in the future. I made the decision to change my behavior before entering law school in September 2005, with the intention of becoming a member of the legal profession and conducting my affairs in a respectable and ethical manner. I slowly began to draw myself closer to my religious upbringing. With hard work and discipline, I successfully restored a set of values to my life, which include honesty and integrity.

In August, 2009, I sat for the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and received a score of 97 (see Exhibit 3), and I earned my Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2010 (see Exhibit 4). I have attended Broadmoor Baptist Church for the past five years, and I have too many supporters in my family, from law school, and in my church that I would let down if I ever commit another crime.

In early 2013, I completed a self-initiated program at Michael’s House in Palm Springs, California, for the trauma caused by my coaches and steroids. This program offered me a chance to get well and help other women who have been in similar situations. Several aspects of my treatment were beneficial, in which I: 1) discussed trauma and loss experiences related to my participation in the U.S. National Cycling team and sexually inappropriate conduct by my coaches; 2) shared about my past steroid use that has impacted my body in ways that cannot be reversed; 3) examined the negative impact of my past steroid use on my life; 4) processed feelings of shame about my body resulting from my past addiction to steroids; and 5) worked on shame reduction and increasing hope. (see Michael’s House Discharge Summary, Exhibit 5). My therapist searched the country for a program specifically to help former female steroid abusers, but she came up empty. My goal is to form such a group once financial resources become available to me.

I have maintained a residence in Ridgeland, MS, for six years, where I have been self-employed with my fitness business, MS Fitness Pro, since October 2010 and have tried to the best of my ability to support myself financially. I have recently obtained practice books for social security disability law and plan to start a business as a social security disability advocate prior to year’s end. I have also started a website at http://www.thetammythomas.com and am in the process of contacting schools in hopes of sharing the consequences that have resulted from the poor decisions I have made.

Other examples of my rehabilitation and my community service activities are:

  1. Testifying before the UCI CIRC (Cycling Independent Reform Commission, List of Interviewees, Exhibit 6, investigating doping within cycling);
  2. Maintaining a personal trainer certification and membership (Exhibit 7);
  3. First aid and CPR certification (Exhibit 8);
  4. Partnering with the Jackson Medical Mall for a bicycle safety event which provided 50 underprivileged youth with bicycles (Exhibit 9).
  5. Serving as a board member for Jackson Metro Cyclists.
  6. Serving as a certified mediator with the Supreme Court of Oklahoma (2009-2010) (Exhibit 10).

I again take responsibility for my actions that caused my conviction and its consequences that are affecting me to this date and hindering my professional and personal life in the legal barriers of a felony conviction. A Presidential Pardon will provide me with the opportunity to practice law in my home state, obtain gainful employment, and financially benefit society.

I submit that in this letter with its Exhibits, I have established that I have not engaged in any criminal conduct, drug or alcohol abuse, or represent a risk to public safety. My life style, additional education and therapy, and selection of colleagues and friends demonstrate a healthy and successful manner of living.

Therefore, I respectfully request your consideration for a Presidential Pardon and its restoration of all civil rights and privileges therein. Thank you for your time and attention to my request and its contents.

Sincerely yours,

 

Tammy Ann Thomas

 

 

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