Pardons Posts

Five Myths about Presidential Pardons

To Get One, Do You Have to Be Convicted First? (“President Trump is in a pardon frenzy. Last month, he dispensed absolution for boxer Jack Johnson and pundit Dinesh D’Souza, and this past week, he declared that he can even pardon himself. A White House official told The Washington Post that Trump is now “obsessed” with pardons, his new “favorite thing.” The pardon power is the most kinglike power our presidents have; they can apply it whenever and to whomever they like. Still, many misconceptions surround this constitutional perquisite.”)

Trump Pardons Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Why Trump’s Pardon of Arpaio Follows Law, Yet Challenges It: (“President Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio was characteristically unconventional. It came late on a Friday night as a hurricane bore down on Texas. It concerned a crime some said was particularly ill-suited to clemency, and it was not the product of the care and deliberation that have informed pardons by other presidents.”)

Can the President Pardon Himself?

Can Trump Pardon Himself? No President Ever Has, and Legal Opinions Are Mixed: (“It’s not rare for presidents to dole out pardons. They’ve pardoned friends and felons, political donors and even a former president.  But can a president pardon himself? Well, we’ve now reached that question, six months into President Trump’s administration.”)