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a prerogative power exercised by the Home Secretary to allow a sentence to be commuted, remitted or suspended.

MERCY, Practice. To be in mercy, signifies to be liable to punishment at the discretion of the judge.

MERCY, crim. law. The total or partial remission of a punishment to which a convict is subject. When the whole punishment is remitted, it is called a pardon; (q.v.) when only a part of the punishment is remitted, it is frequently a conditional pardon; or before sentence, it is called clemency or mercy. Vide Rutherf. Inst. 224; 1 Kent, Com. 265; 3 Story, Const. Sec. 1488.

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Let's be thankful for small mercies, though, in that the golf guru has never been tempted to transfer his unique brand of homespun charm, wit and erudition to the racing sphere.
It was hardly the most memorable strike in the long history of derby matches, but with Stoke already being booed by their fans, they will be thankful for small mercies.
However, Ferguson should be thankful for small mercies and at least his unbeaten record in competitive games in 1999 remains intact.