Gov. Gavin Newsom Pardons 1998 Drug Case in San Diego
A former San Diego resident almost missed a life-changing call. What he thought was a robocall turned out to be California Governor Gavin Newsom calling to let him know he was pardoning his 1998 drug case.
“I thought it was one of my friends messing with me. You know they always call me with some crazy stuff and so I was like, I was about to hang up on him. But I just got quiet for a second and tried to take it in. And as soon as I put it on speaker she’s [His wife] like, ‘Oh my gosh! It’s Governor Newsom,” said Dan Dogan.
Dogan’s case was one of three San Diego cases Governor Newsom pardoned or commuted on Friday.
Newsom said Dogan, “Has demonstrated that he is living an upright life and has demonstrated his fitness for restoration of civic rights and responsibilities.”
Back in the 80s, Dogan, and part of his family immigrated from Romania to escape the communist regime. Toward the end of high school at Mount Miguel, he says he started hanging with the wrong crowd and got into trouble at the border.
By age 20, he was sentenced in San Diego Superior Court to three years probation and 120 days in jail, for selling or transporting marijuana.
Published: May 31, 2021
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