Of Pardons, Politics and Collar Buttons: Reflections on The President's Duty to Be Merciful
Posted: 14 Mar 2010
Date Written: June 1, 2000
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
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