Authors

Noah A. Messing

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Article II of the U.S Constitution empowers presidents to pardon "Offences against the United States." The traditional understanding of that power suggests that presidential clemency extends only to crimes. That view, however, is mistaken. This Article shows that presidents may also pardon civil offenses and opens a discussion about how this power could be used by presidents.

Date of Authorship for this Version

2016

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