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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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The cash-strapped country can not afford to upgrade and maintain all units in the system a from the dam to the end users a and they have been left to the mercy of time and vandalism.
When everybody bears the brunt of high inflation and increasing costs of living, it is unethical for the vast majority of expat workers to be left to the mercy of unscrupulous employers with no regulation whatsoever stating a minimum wage for them.
Meanwhile, ordinary passengers, including women and children were left to the mercy of suffocating, heated planes, and all efforts of these hapless suffering citizens to contact airport manager and other high officials went in vain.
In contrast, the nearby St Chad's Cathedral has long been shamefully left to the mercy of heavy traffic, though the local environment has improved with local landscaping and the construction of a park with metal deer.
in At only weeks old the domestic cats had ran from the busy roadside to a boggy wooded area where they were left to the mercy of the elements.
He rang the AA but a patrol was unable to rescue the stranded vehicle and it was left to the mercy of floods on the outskirts of Tewkesbury, Glos.
The ore carrier Kowloon Bridge had to be left to the mercy of storms off Ireland after her crew were airlifted to safety.
Mr Davis said the pirates were unlikely to harm the couple but he feared they could be abandoned and left to the mercy of a terrorist group.
Stephen's sister Amanda is convinced he was left to the mercy of druglords who tortured him and then hung him from a tree.