The problem with presidential pardons


Trump’s Pardon of Manafort Realizes the Founders’ Fears …
The pardons (even if issued as part of a deal with the vice president) reflect a confluence of interests between the president personally and those he might pardon. Trump’s possible pardons may be…


The problem with presidential pardons | The Canberra Times …
The problem with presidential pardons Janna Thompson; … The second reason Hamilton offered for presidential pardons is that peace and order can sometimes be best served by pardoning rebels and …


The problems with pardon power – The Washington Post
White House reporter Toluse Olorunippa explores the principles and controversy around presidential pardons in the wake of President Trump’s 11 latest clemencies. … The problems with pardon power.


Presidential Pardons and the Problem of Impunity by Frank …
A President can pardon anyone but himself (both humans and corporations), and those pardons, once issued, are almost certainly unchallengeable and irrevocable.


Presidential pardon power: Trump can pretty much pardon
You’ve already said this implicitly, but let’s just spell it out: There’s no problem with pardons qua pardons. Presidents have used them for good and for ill. We’ve seen very broad pardons. George…


Presidential Pardons Work Against the Principle of Justice …
Pardons of persons not yet convicted deny us, the American people, justice. We are denied the closure that comes with the exposure of crimes presented at trial. And, more nefariously, pardons can be used to cover up the president’s own participation in a crime. Iran Contra could be an example of this.


The Presidential Pardon Power – Reason.com
or that pardons cannot be issued during the lame-duck period after a presidential election and before a president-elect has been inaugurated I see no point to this limitation. It strips a sitting …


The Problem With Trump’s Pardons | The New Republic
It’s common to lament the politicization of the pardon under modern presidents, but that’s a poor framework to evaluate executive mercy. The problem isn’t that Trump is using pardons to benefit his…


The power of presidential pardons | PBS NewsHour
The ability to pardon criminals is a unique power of a president, one that can be politically motivated and often draws criticism But as Reveal’s Michael Schiller explains, pardons can also change …


Most presidents don’t pardon murderers. Trump did, and may …
May 23, 2019He said there is a larger problem underlying Trump’s potential pardons, which is that service members are standing accused of these crimes but also standing in judgment of each other. “The broader…


A primer on presidential family pardons | TheHill
“A preemptive pardon is a presidential pardon granted before any formal legal process has begun,” American University professor Jeffrey Crouch commented to National Public Radio this week.


Video: The problem with preemptive presidential pardons
The problem with preemptive presidential pardons. Published December 16, 2020 Updated December 17, 2020 . President Donald Trump has given many pardons during his term, and has floated the idea of …


The President Can Self-Pardon, but It Would Be an …
The issue of a presidential self-pardon first came up two and half years ago during the Mueller investigation, when, … The problem with that conclusion, which was shared by esteemed Twitter …


Presidential pardons: Can Trump pre-pardon his children?
As he did with an earlier book on impeachment, Bowman draws distinctions between the principle adopted in the US for a presidential pardon and that of royal pardons employed by British kings. He…


Presidential Pardon Power and its Limits – FindLaw
As with pardons, commutations are another way a president may grant clemency to a convicted criminal. But unlike pardons, which formally forgive the individual of their crimes and restore what may have been lost through the conviction (such as voting rights or the right to own firearms), a commutation merely ends the individual’s sentence.


Presidential Pardons: Legal Guidelines – ThoughtCo
The Pardon Attorney prepares a recommendation for the president on each application for presidential clemency, including pardons, commutations of sentences, remissions of fines, and reprieves. However, the president is not obliged to follow, or even consider the recommendations of the Pardon Attorney.


Another problem with self-pardons – Reason.com
Normally, the real checks on presidential lawbreaking aren’t criminal prosecutions and prison sentences. Rather, a presidential lawbreaker will face election losses, damage to their political…


Trump’s pardon-palooza problems | TheHill
The alternate problem for Trump is not pardoning enough people and leaving bitter aides in the Justice Department’s firing line. Anyone on the hook for transgressions is a prime candidate to cop a…


Time to Amend the Presidential Pardon Power – Lawfare
The presidential pardon power is not the most important issue facing the country, but it is a fixable one. It is time for Congress to consider drafting a remedy to a problem and not just complain about it. Topics: Donald Trump, Executive Power; Tags: pardon power,


The Trouble with Donald Trump’s Clemencies and Pardons
The President pardoned several other white-collar criminals: Michael Milken, the junk-bond king, who pleaded guilty, in 1990, to securities violations; Bernard Kerik, the former New York City …


VERIFY: What are a president’s pardon powers? | thv11.com
Last month, Bowman published a paper titled “Presidential Pardons and the Problem of Impunity.” In the paper’s abstract he said, “A president cannot constitutionally pardon himself, though the …


Hugo Gurdon: What pardons reveal about the president …
Lord Acton’s maxim about absolute power corrupting absolutely is helpful in judging presidential pardons amid a slew granted by President Trump. The chief executive’s clemency power is nearly …


A List of Trump’s Pardons and … – The New York Times
Feb 18, 2020It is unusual for a president to issue a prospective pardon before any charges are filed, but there are examples, perhaps most famously President Gerald R. Ford’s pardon in 1974 of Richard M …


Presidential Pardon Rules | Rulebook For Restoring Rights …
Unlike a commutation, presidential pardons also wipe away all of the “disabilities” (collateral consequences) which are imposed along with a federal criminal conviction.


President Trump pardons 15, including Chicagoan George …
President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned 15 people, including Republican allies, a 2016 campaign official ensnared in the Russia probe and former government contractors convicted in a 2007 …


Pardons: Trump probably can’t pardon himself. He may still try
He could even temporarily hand Pence power under the 25th Amendment and let Pence, as acting president, pardon him. “The problem is that’s fraught with peril politically for Mike Pence, because …


How Donald Trump has tested the ethical limits of …
The power to grant clemency to people accused or convicted of crimes is one of the broadest powers granted to a president under the U.S. Constitution. A president can grant a pardon to override a failure of the justice system, or in the spirit of mercy. But pardons also can stray into ethically gray areas.


Get Rid of the Presidential Pardon | Washington Monthly
Yet a system with such problems would be far superior to the one we have now. First, the people responsible for voting for the pardon would, unlike a second-term president, stand for re-election …


Opinion | Presidential pardons for friends are legal — but …
Apr 20, 2018Presidential pardons for friends are legal — but they’re wrong. … The process within the Justice Department is part of the problem, with its redundant layers of bureaucracy. Trump should …