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Questions tagged [pardon]

The power, usually held by a head of state, to free and/or absolve a person convicted of a crime. Distinct from appeals, which are processed judicially. Questions here should focus on political aspects rather than legal.

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Campaign Finance and Presidential Pardons [on hold]

Assuming that money does buy elections (which I doubt) wouldn't there be incentive for people running for President to violate campaign finance laws, with the expectation of pardoning everybody ...
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Why doesn't the Presidential Pardon power extend to State Crimes?

Paragraph One of Article 2, Section 2 of the United States constitution contains the following text: "The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United ...
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The politics of the US presidential pardon in 2018

As is well known, Trump and his political and campaigning team are under investigation by the FBI. Dozens of people have been indicted so far and five have pled guilty. As the investigation continues, ...
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Will Trump's pardons remain valid if he is impeached?

Will the people Trump pardoned, such as Joe Arpaio and Scooter Libby remain vindicated in the event of Trump's impeachment? Are there any circumstances under which their charges could be reinstated?
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Can the US president pardon a non-US citizen?

Can the President of the United States pardon a non-US citizen for the crime that he/she may have committed in the United States? Or pardoning only works on US citizens.
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Where can I find the text of Joe Arpaio's Presidential Pardon?

I can find the text of the presidential announcement of a pardon for Joe Arpaio, however I've been led to believe that the text of a presidential pardon is usually very specific as to what the pardon ...
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What percentage of “War On Drugs” prisoners could the POTUS pardon? (aka. State Prisoner % vs Federal Prisoner %)

If the POTUS wanted to do a mass pardon for victims of the drug war; those imprisoned for merely having/using drugs, then what percentage of these people could he free unilaterally? And what ...
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Why does the pardon of Arpaio show contempt for the rule of law?

Much of the criticism of Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has centered on the idea that this shows a disrespect for the "rule of law". For instance, John McCain said (as reported in ...
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Does a Presidential Pardon apply to other crimes which are uncovered during the investigation of the pardoned crime?

If the president pardons himself of one crime being investigated and then resigns, but is then later suspected of another crime from evidence found in the initial investigation, can he be prosecuted ...
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Can states nullify the president's pardoning power by making federal offenses state offenses?

Can a state make federal offenses state offenses as well, so that even if the president pardons a criminal for a federal offense, they'll still be on the hook for the equivalent state offense? Edit: ...
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Can the POTUS perform a mass-pardon for those who meet certain criteria?

Let's say a POTUS wanted to legalise weed, and after doing so wanted to then free all the prisoners he could who's only crime was using/having weed, being otherwise innocent. To do this, could the ...
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Can the US President pardon himself? [duplicate]

After seeing this question, I was wondering what would happen if the President simply didn't respond to jury duty to the point that he was breaking a law. That, then, escalated to the thought of a ...
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Could Obama have secretly pardoned Hillary? [duplicate]

We heard many news reports of many pardons Obama made. But is it possible Obama could have secretly made other pardons as well? For example, assume Obama pardoned, say, Hillary Clinton, for example: ...
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Could Snowden (in theory) be pardoned by the US president?

The German Tagesschau writes* that Snowden was not among those pardoned by Obama, contrary to prior speculations. As far as I am aware, pardoning means to reduce a sentence. However, I thought that ...
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Could a US President abuse their pardon powers to unilaterally make laws?

For instance, if I really hate littering, and I somehow become President of the United States, could I effectively make littering a capital offense by promising to immediately pardon anyone who kills ...
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Can presidential pardons be made and then classified as secret to avoid making the pardon public?

In a discussion about the current election and the possibility of an indictment being handed down after a candidate was nominated, the possibility was raised that the President may have already ...
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Why is the US president allowed to grant a pardon

So I was reading today and I read for about the thousandth time about a presidential pardon, and I started to wonder Why is the president allowed to grant a pardon? What are the limits of a ...
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Could the SCOTUS void a Presidential Pardon?

Would it be possible for the Supreme Court of the United States to void a Presidential Pardon? If so how would they do it? If not why?
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Petition the President to pardon Snowden?

Would a petition to the President to pardon Snowden be popular? What kind of political group believes Snowden should absolutely be punished?
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Does the head-of-state pardon violate separation of powers?

In a rechtsstaat, separation of powers in legislative, executive, and judicial powers provides some protection to the civilians and reduces the power of government. In some legislations, however, the ...