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Reforming Federal Clemency

October 9, 2018

Clemency—the ability to forgive wrongdoing or mitigate punishment—is a revered aspect of presidential authority. It ordinarily takes one of five forms: • A pardon forgives an offender and erases his legal penalties; • A commutation lessens the punishment but leaves a conviction intact; • A remission returns all or some of the fine or forfeiture […]

Time to Prune: Repeal Unnecessary Criminal Laws

June 20, 2016

Flowers may die, and old soldiers may fade away, but statutes do neither. They may become obsolete or fall into desuetude, a legal term used to describe anachronistic and rarely (if ever) enforced laws, but they retain their force and effect until repealed by the legislature or held unconstitutional by the courts. Our federal criminal […]

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