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5th Sep '17 7:49:02 PM GrammarNavi
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** On a more serious and controversial note, Presidents frequently pardon a number of people when heading out of office for one reason or another. Often this involves pardoning the friends or relatives of top campaign donors, or even their own friends and relatives should any of them be in need of a pardon. This tends to draw even ''more'' criticism when the person being pardon is a fugitive from justice, rather than somebody who actually faced trial and went to prison. But since pardons are the president's only constitutional power that has ''no'' limits placed on it, he literally can pardon anyone he pleases (who is charged with a federal crime; [[AmericanFederalism if you're charged with/convicted of a state crime, the President can't help you, although maybe the state's governor can]]) and no one can legally do anything about it. In fact, the Constitution seems to indicate that a president could even pardon ''himself'' for crimes committed in office, but such a thing has never happened and even UsefulNotes/RichardNixon never so much as considered actually doing it.

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** On a more serious and controversial note, Presidents frequently pardon a number of people when heading out of office for one reason or another. Often this involves pardoning the friends or relatives of top campaign donors, or even their own friends and relatives should any of them be in need of a pardon. This tends to draw even ''more'' criticism when the person being pardon is a fugitive from justice, rather than somebody who actually faced trial and went to prison. But since pardons are the president's only constitutional power that has ''no'' limits placed on it, he literally can pardon anyone he pleases (who is charged with a federal crime; [[AmericanFederalism [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFederalism if you're charged with/convicted of a state crime, the President can't help you, although maybe the state's governor can]]) and no one can legally do anything about it. In fact, the Constitution seems to indicate that a president could even pardon ''himself'' for crimes committed in office, but such a thing has never happened and even UsefulNotes/RichardNixon never so much as considered actually doing it.
8th Jul '17 12:58:46 PM nombretomado
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Too many RealLife examples to list them all -- include only notably striking cases. TheOtherWiki has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardon here.]]

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Too many RealLife examples to list them all -- include only notably striking cases. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardon here.]]
5th Jun '17 8:20:04 PM libertydude
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* ''Film/IShotJesseJames'': Main character Robert Ford kills his best friend UsefulNotes/JesseJames in order to get this. He gets it, but he finds that the guilt of killing Jesse and the reputation it's given him make him question [[WasItReallyWorthIt whether it was really worth it]].
28th May '17 10:07:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's OctoberDaye novels:

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* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's OctoberDaye Literature/OctoberDaye novels:
17th May '17 6:55:00 PM PaulA
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** In ''Literature/TheFirm'' one of Mitch McDeere's conditions for helping the FBI include getting his brother pardoned.

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** In ''Literature/TheFirm'' one of Mitch McDeere's [=McDeere=]'s conditions for helping the FBI include getting his brother pardoned.
1st Apr '17 12:38:39 AM shawnvw
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* ''BattlestarGalactica2003'': President Laura Roslin offers a pardon to the inmates on the prison ship ''Astral Queen'' if they agree to retrieve badly-needed water from an ice moon.
** After the colonists escape from Cylon-occupied New Caprica, Roslin is re-elected president, and immediately grants a general pardon to anyone who may have collaborated with the Cylons (except for Gaius Baltar).
12th Mar '17 3:48:17 AM Xtifr
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* Creator/JuliusCaesar pardoned his political enemies left, right and center. Part of it was strategy and part of it was subtle humiliation - in Roman society being pardoned instead of killed meant you were [[NotWorthKilling kind of a loser]].

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* Creator/JuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar pardoned his political enemies left, right and center. Part of it was strategy and part of it was subtle humiliation - in Roman society being pardoned instead of killed meant you were [[NotWorthKilling kind of a loser]].
3rd Dec '16 11:06:35 AM Tron80
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* ''Series/LoisAndClark'': In one episode, the President is abducted and a clone created by a scientist working for LexLuthor replaces him. By the time the plot is exposed, Luthor is already out of prison thanks to a pardon signed by the clone.

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* ''Series/LoisAndClark'': In one episode, the President is abducted and a clone created by a scientist working for LexLuthor Comicbook/LexLuthor replaces him. By the time the plot is exposed, Luthor is already out of prison thanks to a pardon signed by the clone.
29th Sep '16 4:52:00 PM HolyDriver
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** Being based off {{Privateer}}s, the Seven Warlords of the Sea also benefit from this when they ally themselves with the World Government.

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** Being based off {{Privateer}}s, the Seven Warlords of the Sea Shichibukai also benefit from this when they ally themselves with the World Government.
14th Aug '16 6:35:36 PM PaulA
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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Aral Vorkosigan handed around pardons very freely after the Pretendership, for those who technically broke the law in their efforts to reverse the effects of a coup.

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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', imperial regent Aral Vorkosigan handed around pardons very freely after the Pretendership, for those who technically broke the law in their efforts to reverse the effects of a coup.
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