got an early Christmas present this year when two friends with law enforcement credentials, unbeknownst to him, successfully sought and won a pardon for his
convictions more than 25 years ago in connection with the fraudulent operation of the Mobile Municipal Auditorium where he
was an assistant manager.
"I did not ask for it," said Gwin
The action restores Gwin's
civil rights, including the right to possess a firearm and to vote.
, 61, expects to vote more often than pack heat, he
"Guns aren't my thing, carrying a firearm isn't important, but I can vote now," he
"The main thing really is that it's almost like someone saying that chapter of your life has come to a conclusion.
It's past tense.
You don't need to live in the past anymore.
That is it essentially when you get right down to it."
Auditorium administrators George Juzang and Gwin in 1984 pleaded guilty to two counts of a 34-count federal indictment alleging a conspiracy to skim proceeds from events held at the auditorium.
Juzang and Gwin were the key prosecution witnesses at the trial of Mobile City Commissioner Gary A. Greenough.
According to trial testimony, funds skimmed from concert profits by Juzang and Gwin
were delivered to Greenough as campaign contributions.
and Juzang were paroled in early February 1986 after each served one year of a seven-year sentence.
"It (the auditorium fraud) was pure stupidity on our part," said Gwin
"When they (Galanos and Wilhelm) told me, I was stunned and literally broke down; I had tears in my eyes," Gwin
"If it had not been for them, it would not have happened because I would not have made the effort.
I am honored that they did and blessed."
Gwin is president of Visual Impact Communications, a full service ad agency with a national client base.
offices are located on Government St. in the garden district at Roper St. Gwin is married with a young daughter.
has two sons from a previous marriage.
About five years ago, he founded the Gwin Charitable Foundation which commissions art work for churches and public spaces.
"It's going to be nice to be able to go pull that lever for a politician," Gwin