Of Pardons, Politics and Collar Buttons: Reflections on The President's Duty to Be Merciful

Posted: 14 Mar 2010

Date Written: June 1, 2000

Abstract

Article argues that the Constitution gives the President the power to pardon not as a personal privilege but as an obligation of office. It compares the philosophical justification for pardon of Kathleen Dean Moore and Jeffrie Murphy, concluding that Murphy has the better argument from a historical and practical point of view. It discusses the desuetude into which federal pardoning has fallen, explains advantages to the president of a reinvigorated pardon practice, and makes practical recommendations to make pardoning more acceptable to the public.

Keywords: Pardon, Clemency, President

Suggested Citation

Colgate Love, Margaret, Of Pardons, Politics and Collar Buttons: Reflections on The President's Duty to Be Merciful (June 1, 2000). Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1570274

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