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Reversal of Presidential pardon analyzed

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  1. MimicSquid
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    The reversal in question was quick, and reversed promptly by the same president. It was purely changed because of the optics of the situation rather than any truly new information coming to light,...

    The reversal in question was quick, and reversed promptly by the same president. It was purely changed because of the optics of the situation rather than any truly new information coming to light, so perhaps it's a fairly broad remit to permit revision of pardons? I assume if any of the current president's pardons are overturned there'd be court battles about that, which the Supreme Court would eventually decide.

    And I'm pretty sure how that will go.

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  2. psi
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    Rather serendipitous timing, given last night's news: Justice Dept. Investigating Potential Bribery Scheme for Trump Pardon Bush responded by rescinding the pardon when faced with the appearance...

    Rather serendipitous timing, given last night's news: Justice Dept. Investigating Potential Bribery Scheme for Trump Pardon

    Bush responded by rescinding the pardon when faced with the appearance of impropriety. To nobody's surprise, Trump responded by declaring the story fake news.

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    Thra11
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    What is the public perception of presidential pardons in the US? If you believe that a pardon is just, then that implies that the justice system is failing to achieve justice. If you don't, then...

    What is the public perception of presidential pardons in the US?

    If you believe that a pardon is just, then that implies that the justice system is failing to achieve justice. If you don't, then it's just another example of the powerful and their allies being above the law. Either way, I just can't see how one man being given the power to overrule the courts on a whim could ever be seen as a good thing, absent some archaic belief that the ruler is a representative of a god or a god themself.

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    1. moocow1452
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      It starts, in part, with Alexander Hamilton, who articulated the rationale for presidential pardons in the Federalist Papers when he wrote in No. 74 that “without an easy access to exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel.” So, as with so many things in the American civic structure, the idea is that the pardon provides checks and balances against the judiciary system; there has to be an out somewhere in the system.

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