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Heritage: Clemency

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Event:
Heritage: Clemency
Start:
December 10, 2012 12:00 pm
End:
December 10, 2012 1:00 pm
Category:
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Organizer:
Heritage Foundation
Updated:
November 27, 2012
Venue:
Heritage Foundation HQ
Address:
214 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC, DC, 20002, United States

Clemency, Alexander Hamilton said, “is an act of grace and humanity.” While President Obama has, at least so far, granted clemency only 22 times, other presidents, both Democrat and Republican, have been far more generous.
President George W. Bush, for example, pardoned, commuted or rescinded the
convictions of 200 people, and President Bill Clinton did the same for 459 people.
President Jimmy Carter granted clemency 566 times during his one term in office,
although that is far from the record, a distinction which belongs to President Franklin
Roosevelt who granted clemency 3,687 times. The Christmas season, a traditional time
for presidential forgiveness, is a good time to re-examine how well the clemency process
is working. Join us for a discussion with a distinguished panel of bipartisan experts who
will explore whether and how the clemency process has deviated from its proper, traditional function. Our panelists will also consider how to make pardons, as Chief
Justice John Marshall said, “an act of grace, proceeding from the power entrusted with
the execution of the laws, which exempts the individual, on whom it is bestowed, from
the punishment the law inflicts for a crime he has committed.” For more information and
to register, please visit http://www.heritage.org/events/2012/12/clemency.

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