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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #23)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:25 AM

28. An executive could be too bold -- but could also be too timid.

It's not exactly "sidestepping the courts". The system has multiple components: Prosecutors decide whether to bring the case, jurors decide whether to convict, a judge decides what sentence to impose, the executive decides whether to issue a commutation or pardon. The Presidential pardon power isn't analogous to the fixing of a traffic ticket or the like.

Sure, any politician could allege political persecution. No one is saying that the mere allegation should suffice to support a pardon or commutation. The existence of some groundless claims, however, doesn't prove that all such claims are groundless. The executive exercises some judgment to distinguish the comparative handful that are meritorious.

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