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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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In conjunction with the series 2017 bond issuance, Mercy Health plans to amend and restate its master trust indenture (MTI) subject to majority bondholder consent.
One of the common denominators of mercy, he stressed, was the value of life.
And in the formula for, anointing of the sick, we again hear the priest say, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit".
Critique: A profoundly moving reflection upon the quality of mercy, as well as humankind's connection to God, "Doors of Mercy" is inspired and inspiring, and very highly recommended for seminary and academic library Christian Studies collections.
Jon Sobrino remains one of the most influential voices in Latin American liberation theology and is one of the most insightful and perceptive interpreters of the theme of mercy in the contemporary church.
The six themes, featured in the Advent reflection booklet, A Season of Mercy, from Twenty-Third Publications, are: Mercy is all-embracing; mercy means crossing the moat; mercy is surrender; mercy is family love; mercy is reaching out; and mercy is looking at God.
The prelate stressed the value of kneeling as an act of mercy towards the poor before the Catholic Church marks the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which begins on December 8.
Joseph Drozda, Mercy cardiologist and director of outcomes research, who has overseen Mercy's implementation of UDIs.
The author advocates the way of mercy as the meaning of the Christian life.
Lucy tried to raise her before realising she needed better care and taking her to an orphanage, where she visited Mercy regularly.
The national programme, modeled after partnership between US Bank and Mercy Housing Lakefront in Chicago, begins with an event on Saturday, July 27 at Mercy's Bluff Lake Apartments in Denver.
Two Mercy health systems are again ranked in the top 10 of the IMS Integrated Healthcare Networks, as reported in Modern Healthcare, a leading national health care magazine.