History Of Presidential Pardon  

The Presidential Pardon can be used by the U.S. President to alleviate the punishment given to a person or a body for a crime. The clauses of ‘pardon’ have been amended significantly since the inception of the original definition stated in the U.S. Constitution. Now, the U.S. President is allowed to grant pardon only for crimes against the laws that are directly under his jurisdiction.More...

Can You Get A Presidential Pardon For A State Crime ?

Can You Get A Presidential Pardon For A State Crime

No, you cannot get a presidential pardon for a state crime. According to the U.S. Constitution, pardon may be granted by the President only in case of federal criminal convictions, like the ones obtained in the District Courts of the US. The royal power to grant pardon has also been extended to those convictions that are obtained in the court-martial proceedings of military as well as in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

However, the President does not hold the power to grant pardon for a state criminal offense. This is because the power of presidential pardon is applicable only to crimes against laws that fall directly under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal government.More...

 

How To Apply For A Presidential Pardon ?

How To Apply For A Presidential Pardon

The act of pardoning a federal crime that a person has been charged with and punished for is known as federal pardon or more popularly a presidential pardon. People generally misunderstand that a presidential pardon will entirely take away all the charges from the person’s record. But this in reality, the pardon itself is recorded in his documents as a public record.

Therefore, the person must give all important information and documents about his conviction whenever asked; though, he may also add the proof of his getting the presidential pardon.More...

 

Power Of Presidential Pardon

Power Of Presidential Pardon

Power of Presidential Pardon has been approved under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. In the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the issue of presidential pardon was discussed and some Founders proposed to involve Congress in the pardons. But Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father, advised that this power should remain only in the hands of president.

The Constitution puts no limitations at all on the president in giving pardons, with the exception of impeachment. Certainly, presidents have to follow some legal standards while granting pardons. According to the procedure of Title 28 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 1.1 – 1.10, the US Pardon Attorney helps the president by analyzing and exploring all appeals for pardons. The Pardon Attorney arranges the Justice Department’s suggestions for each case under consideration and puts up before the president for the final decision. The president is the ultimate authority to grant or deny the pardon. Besides pardons, he may reduce sentence, fines and stay execution.More...

 

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