Pardon

Presidential Clemency Authority: What You Need to Know

Presidential Clemency Authority

Philip Vigol. Robert E. Lee. David Brown. John Fremont. Pierre Lafitte. Al Jennings. Samuel Mudd. Marc Rich. Patty Hearst. Jimmy Hoffa. Who were these people? Some of their names may be familiar to you, others completely unknown. They lived in different times, and were accused of or committed different crimes: treason, sedition, murder, bank robbery,…

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The Presidential Pardon and the Constitution

Presidential Pardon and the Constitution

According to Article II, Section 2, Clause 1, “The President…shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” While this clause is relatively short compared to others in the Constitution, it gives enormous power to the President of the United States. While many of the President’s…

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The History of the Presidential Pardon

History of the Presidential Pardon

The presidential pardon power derives from Britain and continued in the creation of the United States Constitution. The founders hoped this power would be a useful tool for a president to combat injustice. “…he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” — Article II,…

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Pardoning State Crimes

Pardoning State Crimes

The inability to pardon state crimes is one of the few restrictions imposed on the President of the United States. State governors hold the power to grant clemency to those convicted of state offenses. Difference Between the Pardoning of Federal and State Crimes Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution grants the president the power…

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Snowden’s Pardon Petition

Snowden's Pardon Petition

Is he a hero or traitor; innocent whistleblower or guilty of treason?  Edward J. Snowden sparked a controversy on intelligence gathering, use of technology to spy on Americans and foreigners alike, and the parameters of privacy in the United States today.  His actions in revealing secret government documents serve as a milestone in the age-old…

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What You Need To Know About The Pardon Attorney Office

Clemency By the Numbers

Clemency is a difficult process on both ends. It’s difficult for applicants to get recognized by the President. And for the President, it is nearly impossible to consider each and every clemency petition. The Pardon Attorney Office exists for these reasons. The Office helps the clemency application and approval process. While the President has exclusive…

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What Does “Commutation of a Sentence” Mean?

Commutation of a Sentence

Both governors and president possess the power to commute a prison sentence. This clemency power can be used to make a statement about criminal justice reform and to show mercy.  Commutation of a sentence means a reduction in punishment.  Typically, a commutation lessens a prison sentence, but it can also reduce court-ordered fines.  A commuted…

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Clemency by the Numbers

Clemency By the Numbers

Clemency statistics are now widely kept by the Justice Department and can be easily analyzed. It is useful to look at the numbers to determine how a president used his clemency power. Office of the Pardon Attorney The Office of the Pardon Attorney, under the purview of the Department of Justice, is the office that…

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Presidential Pardon Of Turkey – The Tradition Explained

Turkey Pardon

  Every year the President pardons two turkeys, allowing them to live their lives free from the fear of being someone’s Thanksgiving dinner. But when did this turkey pardon tradition begin? Clemency is an act of mercy or leniency. The President of the United States possesses this clemency power, given to him or her by…

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What’s Clemency?

what's clemency

To grant clemency is to give mercy, to forgive. When we speak of an executive’s official power to grant clemency, be it a president or governor, the core of that executive power is to allow the executive to show leniency or mercy. Indeed, it is said to be an act of grace that is based…

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