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President Trump has pardoned Conrad Black of convictions for fraud and obstruction of justice from 2007. Black is a friend of Trump’s and a vocal supporter; he published a book entitled ‘Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other’ last year. Black spent 3 years in prison as a result of his conviction and was banned from the United States for 30 years. This is the latest in a series of politically questionable pardons; readers will recall the Arpaio and D’Souza pardons. But the questions remains: when does a non-kosher pardon become an abuse of pardon power?
Paul F. Eckstein and Mikaela Colby tackle this question in their article entitled ‘Presidential Pardon Power: Are There Limits and, if Not, Should There Be?‘ published in the Arizona Law Journal. In that article the authors examine the history of the pardon power, its constitutional limits, and what remedies may exist for its abuse. They ultimately conclude that new limitations need to be introduced.
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Black and his cronies stole $32m from Hollinger, Inc. They then spent $200m of Hollinger shareholders’ money defending themselves. But if in addition to being a crook, you’re also a vocal conservative and you say nice things about Trump, he might pardon you.
Trump’s comments about Black being unfairly charged are an echo of his comment that Rod Blagojevich was unfairly treated. Trump is like a magnet for miscreants, similar to the Joker in “Batman: the Dark Knight Rises.”
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Edward Soria said:
The use of a Pardon have been around since the dawn of time- even in the bible that idea was used. In our modern culture today the Pardon has been abused and used in most cases of influential people- it’s time for evaluation .
Congress must start to bring some sense of honesty in the use of a Pardon- committing high end crimes, that deprive others of their wealth, freedom, and just plain
being a crook- are not legal and require amendment .
Our prisons are full of criminals today , and the vast majority are there because they
cannot live as free men because of their criminal conduct- that mark should be used today as common sense.
Edward Magdaleno Soria
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