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微信公众号红包扫雷 the power, usually held by a head of state, to free and/or absolve a person convicted of a crime. distinct from appeals, which are processed judicially. questions here should focus on political aspects rather than legal.

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Can a US President realistically pardon enough people to sway an election?

Slightly inspired by this question, is there a limitation on the number of pardons a president could offer, such that it could sway the outcome of the next election? Take for example, Florida, ...
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Does a pardoning a crime “undo” punishment which has already occurred as part of the convict's sentence?

In the USA, if someone is pardoned or has their sentence commuted, does this have any effect on any aspects of their sentencing that have already been carried out? For example, this article states ...
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Has Matt Bevin explained his reasoning for the pardons he has recently issued?

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was narrowly defeated by his Democratic challenger for the title of Kentucky Governor. He used his final days in office to issue some rather alarming pardons to ...
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Is there a preferred time in their presidency when US presidents pardon the most people?

According to a tally by Thoughco Trump seems to be in the last place as far as pardons issued, compared to all presidents since 1900. But are these stats misleading given that Trump's presidency is ...
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Is there a political angle to Trump's pardon of Rodney Takumi?

It seems a really obscure 1987 case for a presidential pardon: Two years of probation and fined $250 Working at an illegal gambling parlor Is there a political angle to this pardon?
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How many royal pardons vs statutory pardons have been granted in the UK in recent times?

Wikipedia says without citing a source: The royal pardon can be contrasted with the statutory pardon, which is a pardon issued through an Act of Parliament or an Order-in-Council. The statutory ...
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Why do presidential pardons exist in a country having a clear separation of powers?

This answer provides some insight into a way for a President to pardon someone with virtually no consequences: (..) in reality, presidents often wait until his final days/hours to grant the most ...
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What checks exist against overuse of presidential pardons in the USA?

In some countries, the head of state can pardon anyone for alleged crimes. For example, in Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler pardoned murderers of communists and Soviet prisoners of war, in those cases in ...
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Can the U.S. President pardon a corporation?

The pardon power of the U.S. president is generally characterized as rather unlimited. It says [...] he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, ...
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Pardons and Sealed indictment

Can a presidential pardon release someone whom is charged in a sealed indictment that has not been unsealed and no charges have been filed at the time?
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If a person accepts a presidential pardon, can they be forced to talk about the crimes they were pardoned of?

This question stems from Can a person refuse a presidential pardon? There are also other practical effects to accepting pardons, such as waiving of fifth amendment rights relating to the pardoned ...
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Can a person refuse a presidential pardon?

Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney of President Trump, in recent testimony before Congress, stated he would not accept a presidential pardon. Is this an option he has? If a pardon nullifies a ...
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Why doesn't the Presidential Pardon power extend to State Crimes?

Paragraph One of Article 2, Section 2 of the United States constitution contains the following text: "The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United ...
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The politics of the US presidential pardon in 2018

As is well known, Trump and his political and campaigning team are under investigation by the FBI. Dozens of people have been indicted so far and five have pled guilty. As the investigation continues, ...
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Will Trump's pardons remain valid if he is impeached?

Will the people Trump pardoned, such as Joe Arpaio and Scooter Libby remain vindicated in the event of Trump's impeachment? Are there any circumstances under which their charges could be reinstated?

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