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privileges as supported by the Constitution, one of these advantage – as written in Article II, Section II of this historical document – states how the president "shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment" (U.S.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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