Essay: A Proposal to Restructure the Clemency Process — The Vice President as Head of a White House Clemency Office

13 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2016  

Paul J. Larkin Jr.

The Heritage Foundation

Date Written: September 8, 2016

Abstract

The need for reconsideration of the federal clemency process is a real one, and there is a consensus that the Justice Department should no longer play its traditional doorkeeper role. Using the vice president as the new chief presidential clemency adviser offers the president several unique benefits that no other individual can supply without having enjoyed a prior close personal relationship with the chief executive. Whoever is sworn into office at noon on January 20, 2017, as the nation’s 45th President should seriously consider using as his principal clemency adviser the person who was sworn into the vice presidency immediately beforehand. The president, clemency applicants, and the public might just benefit from that new arrangement.

Suggested Citation

Larkin, Paul J., Essay: A Proposal to Restructure the Clemency Process — The Vice President as Head of a White House Clemency Office (September 8, 2016). Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2862731

Paul James Larkin Jr. (Contact Author)

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