Wednesday, October 08, 2014

7 Famous Presidential Pardons

One of the powers of the American President is the ability to pardon anyone of any crime for almost any reason. Section Two, Clause on of the Constitution notes, "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

The History Channel has an article titled 7 Famous Presidential Pardons. The list includes the ringleaders of the Whiskey Rebellion, Brigham Young (pictured below), Fitz John Porter, Eugene Debs, Jimmy Hoffa, Richard Nixon, and Patty Hearst.


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