Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 2/10/14: Presidential Pardons

The President is given the pardon power for federal crimes under Art. II, section 2 of the Constitution, which states that the President “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment”. Pardon petitions are addressed to the President but usually referred further to the Office of the Pardon Attorney for a non-binding recommendation. A symbolic use of this power is the annual pardoning of a turkey as part of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.


Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 2/10/14: Presidential Pardons — 3 Comments

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  2. Hi there I enjoyed this posting and others on American lawand am now reading your other Facts of the week. thank you for writing these, I enjoy learning more about the common law systems. I hoep one day to study at BU in LLM program. Best to you, Jacob

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