Holder defends Clinton's pardons for FALN members

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eric Holder Jr. says President Bill Clinton acted reasonably when he commuted the sentences of 16 Puerto Rican nationalists.

The prisoners belonged to a group, the F-A-L-N, that carried out murders, robberies and bombings.

Holder said Thursday that those released from prison did not carry out the violent acts, a statement that has been disputed by former FBI officials.

The nominee for attorney general said prominent people supported the sentence commutation, including Coretta Scott King, former President Jimmy Carter and religious leaders.

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