• The Appropriate Use Of A United States Presidential Pardon

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    10 pages in length. The powers inherent to America's highest political office are both grand and far-reaching to such an extent that decisions are made and policy is upheld that exists nowhere else. Inasmuch as upholding the office of United States president innately affords one the opportunity to wield certain power privileges as supported by the Constitution, one of these advantage – as written in Article II, Section II of this historical document – states how the president "shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment" (U.S. Constitution). According to Ashley M. Steiner's "Remission Of Guilt Or Removal Of Punishment? The Effects Of A Presidential Pardon," however, there is a great deal of concern over the reason presidential pardons existed in the first place. Was it included as a means by which to "blot out all guilt for a crime" (Steiner 959) or merely to "remove the punishment for the crime" (Steiner 959)? Either way, the historic perspective of presidential pardons – both public and private – has often been less than flattering. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

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    THE APPROPRIATE USE OF A UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL PARDON by , Ph.D. (c) June 2003 paper properly!  I. INTRODUCTION The powers inherent to Americas highest political office are both grand and far-reaching to such an extent that decisions are made  and policy is upheld that exists nowhere else. Inasmuch as upholding the office of United States president innately affords one the opportunity to wield certain power privileges as supported  by the Constitution, one of these advantage - as written in Article II, Section II of this historical document - states how the president "shall have Power to Grant Reprieves  and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment" (U.S. Constitution). According to Ashley M. Steiners Remission Of Guilt Or Removal Of Punishment? The Effects  Of A Presidential Pardon, however, there is a great deal of concern over the reason presidential pardons existed in the first place. Was it included as a means by  which to "blot out all guilt for a crime" (Steiner 959) or merely to "remove the punishment for the crime" (Steiner 959)? Either way, the historic perspective of presidential  pardons - both public and private - has often been less than flattering. II. THE SCOPE OF PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS Steiner brings up myriad pertinent points that draw question as  to the original purpose why Americas constitutional Framers decided to insert presidential pardoning as a primary power. With Burdick v. United States commenting upon how a pardon "carries an  imputation of guilt; acceptance a confession of it" and Ex parte Garland contending that "a pardon reaches both the punishment prescribed for the offense and the guilt of the offender; 

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