Presidential Pardons

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  1. FIMN Brown Belt

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    In light of all the talk of Flynn receiving a pardon and the history of Mark Ritch, Iran Contra convictions being commuted, is there an argument for doing away with presidential pardons altogether?

    Surely as the head of the executive, and upholding the law of the land as even just an optics issue, shouldn't this be done away with entirely?

    Interested in alternative viewpoints.
     
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  2. The Prophet Green Belt

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    the Justice Dept doesn't do that.

    they selectively prosecute people.

    see Hillary Clinton.
     
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  3. Quipling Black Belt

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    The presidential pardon is a constitutional power explicitly granted to the president.

    There's a strong argument for limiting it's applicability in cases related to the president, though, because it can have the effect of rendering other parts of the constitution null if read as superseding them.
     
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  4. FIMN Brown Belt

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    Interesting.

    Ignoring the realpolitik of of it all - is this power as originally defined by the constitution fit for 2017/2018?
     
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  5. VivaRevolution Double Yellow Card

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    I don't think so, as at the time I think even the hint at this kind of impropriety would have sunk you, but that raises the question of whether the problem is this law being abused, or our acceptance of it.
     
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  6. hillelslovak87 Red Belt

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    Now this is pod racing!!!
    Pardons probably should be done away with. They essentially serve as nothing more than a get my buddies out of jail free card.
     
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  7. GSP_37 Gold Belt

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    What's stopping someone like Doctor Doom from hacking the fuck out of everything, dominating the fake news social media, bribing and murdering his way to the presidency, then when caught, pardoning all henchmen and pardoning himself?
     
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  8. GSP_37 Gold Belt

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    How about cannot use pardons for related parties including family, in-laws, and buddies? The falsely imprisoned people freed via DNA evidence should be able to be pardoned, as well as people totally screwed over by racist judges who believe women shouldn't be allowed to vote or hold public office but are cool with sexually abusing children.
     
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  9. The Prophet Green Belt

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    you mean like Democrat Bill Clinton pardoning his brother Roger Clinton ???
     
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  10. Quipling Black Belt

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    Sure.

    Any more boring whataboutisms?
     
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    Now this is pod racing!!!
    In those situations, I would have a congressional committee, or maybe congress as a whole deal with that. Having one man with power like that, I dont know.
     
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    Conflict of interest is conflict of interest. I'm sure Bill wasn't the first to do that.
     
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  13. Arkain2K Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    Pardons belong to a by-gone era when the King can just unilaterally determine anyone to be innocent or guilty of anything. It has absolutely no place in any modern democracy with rule of laws.

    Remember when Continental Congress debated on whether they should refer to George Washington as "His Highness" or “His Elective Majesty" in the very first Presidential Inauguration of the United States, so he could be equal in status to all the Kings in Europe? That's the same mindset.

    (For the record, Washington himself decided on "Mr. President", which endured all the way til now)

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. The Prophet Green Belt

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    the problem here is that Democrats have supported Bill Clinton 100%, and only 16 years later taken a stand.

    if this pardon is wrong now, why was it okay for 16 years ???
     
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    Now this is pod racing!!!
    Yeah, that was a far simpler time. The daily issues that made something like a pardon with the first congress necessary are not here anymore.
     
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  16. Quipling Black Belt

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    . Irrelevant. I wasn't a Democrat 16 years ago.

    Whoever taught you attack someone's position by asking them to defend a third party's purported hypocrisy did you a disservice. It's unrelated to the merits of the issue, and it's also not relevant to the person that you're debating.

    Do you have anything to say about the pardon power or not?

    It's not clear it was entirely reasonable then, as discussed by other posters. It's one of the most abusable and poorly defined powers of the presidency.
     
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  17. The Prophet Green Belt

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    well if you want me to ignore this double-standard hypocrisy, i'll go in another direction.

    there's nothing for Trump to pardon under the Constitution, because according to it, he has all the prosecution power.

    and others have none.
     
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  18. tonni Purple Belt

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    100% seems a bit much, and it's not relevant in any case. we're 2017, people might have I don't know changed their minds???

    how do you know who was in favor of what for the past 16 years???

    ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
     
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  19. The Prophet Green Belt

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    al franken gets to stay in the Senate.

    john conyers doesn't face expulsion.

    liberals are double-standard hypocrites.
     
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    And pussy grabbing Trump is President.

    What Al Franken did should not get him thrown from the Senate, I'm waiting for a male to tell his story about some women flashing her boobs in his face and needing a second haircut for her short dress. Some of this stuff is ridiculous, some is not.
     
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