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Pardon Me For My Crime

Article by Jeremiah Denslow

There is actually something in the legal system called a pardon. It is not something you just hear about on the news in connection with politicians or see on TV in crime movies.

A pardon is legal believe it or not. It is a way of receiving forgiveness for a crime and for the penalty that usually comes with it. In most cases, the President of the United States or a state governor hands out pardons.

Try not to confuse pardons and clemency. Clemency only reduces the penalty for the crime committed, but does not forgive the crime itself. The other word used for clemency is reprieve. You may have heard of instances of this in the news and wondered about it.

Most often pardons are given to people who have been wrongly convicted. Interestingly enough, many of the people who are offered a pardon under those circumstances turn it down. This is largely due to the fact that accepting a pardon may be seen as an admission of guilt.

What an odd system of justice when those wrongly convicted of a crime must wait until their appeals process has run its course and hope to have their sentence overturned. A pardon would obviously be an easier way to clear their record, but what society perceives is more important to them.

Under the Constitution, the President has the right and the power to hand out pardons. The formal wording goes like this: “to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” On initial reading, this may seem fairly straightforward.

However it isn’t always as clear and to the point as a political figure may like. The US Supreme Court has actually interpreted the above powers to include granting pardons, amnesty, respites, remissions of fines and forfeitures, commutation of a sentence, conditional pardons and conditional commutation of a sentence.

Federal pardons are sent to the President and go through the Pardon Attorney’s Office prior to being vetted by the President. The President has the ability to grant the request or deny it.

Jeremiah Denslow is a Dayton Divorce Lawyer in Dayton Ohio with Denslow Law Firm. The firm specializes in family law. Jeremiah also practices Dayton criminal defense. To learn more, visit http://www.denslowlaw.com.

Jeremiah Denslow is a Dayton Divorce Lawyer in Dayton Ohio with Denslow Law Firm. The firm specializes in family law. Jeremiah also practices Dayton criminal defense. To learn more, visit Denslowlaw.com.

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Jeremiah Denslow is a Dayton Divorce Lawyer in Dayton Ohio with Denslow Law Firm. The firm specializes in family law. Jeremiah also practices Dayton criminal defense. To learn more, visit http://www.denslowlaw.com.

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