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How come the president has the ability to pardon people?

FortFunFoSho

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Was just reading wiki at the same time as I posted this and I am trying to figure how i feel about the ability to pardon people.
 

SmoochyTX

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Originally posted by: FortFunFoSho
Was just reading wiki at the same time as I posted this and I am trying to figure how i feel about the ability to pardon people.
In that case, you're in the wrong forum. Have fun.
 

BoomerD

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From Article 2 of the US Constitution:

"he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment"

THAT is why he has the ability to pardon people.
 

miketheidiot

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to correct miscarriages of justice. Unfortunately its usually used for political payoff, or at least more than it should be.
 

ProfJohn

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Because someone has to have that power and you really can?t give it to the courts since they are suppose to be impartial.
 

Hayabusa Rider

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Maybe a better worded question (which I haven't time to research) is what influences and thoughts led the writers of the Constitution to allow a President to give pardons.
 

StageLeft

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What's this checks and balances nonsense? The country has 300 M people, there's no way he can act as a C&B against injustice to all of them or even a fairly moderate percentage of them.

I think this rule is old and the constitution could probably do without it. It seems like when presidents leave office (all of them), their friends get pardons. Who's the C&B against that corruption?
 

Jhhnn

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It's traditional, having its roots in the divine right of Kings. Governors have the same power wrt state offences.

Yeh, sure, it can be misused for political purposes, but it's a necessary and desirable part of the executive toolkit. If anything, few executives use it as frequently as they should for fear of political backlash from the law&order vengeance crowd...

Dunno who said it first, but the idea that "a society can best be judged by the quality of its mercy" would seem to apply...
 

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