This article describes how President Donald Trump transformed the federal pardon process from a fairly routine bureaucratic mechanism operated by the Office of the Pardon Attorney into a series of personally negotiated and theatrically performed acts. It considers how Trump’s practices have rendered pardoning on the federal level democratically suspect and suggests a mechanism for re-invigorating pardoning as a democratic process.
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Research Article| June 01 2021
Transforming the Theater of Pardoning
Federal Sentencing Reporter (2021) 33 (5): 293–296.
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Bernadette Meyler; Transforming the Theater of Pardoning. Federal Sentencing Reporter 1 June 2021; 33 (5): 293–296. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fsr.2021.33.5.293
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