Presidential Pardon Essay

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Presidential Pardon The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787 by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the many articles and sections of the Constitution, Article II Section 2 says the President “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” I will discuss the many general powers to pardon that are given to the president and the controversies that have come up with the power over the country’s history. The whole subject of presidential pardons stirred little debate at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. No less admirable Founding Father than Alexander Hamilton, writing in Federalist No. 74, suggests that, "...…show more content…
The President is only restricted by Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution so the decision is made solely by the President. The only way to change this power is to add an amendment to the Constitution and this is not a task that is easily accomplished. This power that is granted to the President has created a lot of controversy. However, the pardoning of a turkey is one pardon that has become an annual tradition and is done every Thanksgiving. While a presidential pardon will restore various rights lost as a result of the pardoned offense and should lessen to some extent the disgrace arising from a conviction, it will not erase or expunge the record of a conviction. Therefore, even if a pardon is granted, a disclosure of the conviction must be put on a form where such information is required, although no disclosure of the fact that a presidential pardon has been received. In addition, most civil disabilities attendant upon a federal felony conviction, such as loss of the right to vote and to hold state public office, are imposed by states rather than federal law, and also may be removed by state action. Because the federal pardon process is exacting and may be more time-consuming than similar state procedures, it may be faster to consult with state residence authorities for restoring state civil rights regarding the
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