One Giants player is hoping to get a presidential pardon, but it is not wide receiver Plaxico Burress nor linebacker Antonio Pierce.
Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes is hoping to procure a presidential pardon for his brother, Mark, who is serving 27 years in federal prison on drug and witness intimidation charges stemming from his 2004 involvement in a plan to traffic 3,600 pounds of marijuana between Florida and Texas.
Tynes hired an attorney a few months ago, and entrusted him to attempt to help free his brother. Those in touch with Tynes say his lawyer is optimistic that a pardon will be granted. United States President George Bush is expected to issue two more rounds of pardons –- one before Christmas, and another before he leaves office Jan. 20.
Tynes has some stiff competition in trying to land one. Junk-bond king Michael Milken, media mogul Conrad Black and American-born Taliban solider John Walker Lindh are among the more than 2,000 people who have applied to the Justice Department seeking judicial forgiveness or sentence commutations.