executive clemency


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executive clemency

n. the power of a President in federal criminal cases, and the Governor in state convictions, to pardon a person convicted of a crime, commute the sentence (shorten it, often to time already served), or reduce it from death to another lesser sentence. There are many reasons for exercising this power, including real doubts about the guilt of the party, apparent excessive sentence, humanitarian concerns such as illness of an aged inmate, to clear the record of someone who has demonstrated rehabilitation or public service, or because the party is a political or personal friend of the Governor. (See: pardon)

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Ang bilin po kasi ng Pangulong Aquino talaga ay titingnan nang mabuti ang mga kasong umaakyat sa atin para sa executive clemency [The directive of President Aquino was to really scrutinize cases that are raised to us for executive clemency]," she said.
In 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation of general amnesty to those who rebelled against the Union; President Andrew Johnson, on Christmas Day 1868, pardoned Jefferson Davis and other confederate soldiers in what one scholar has called 'the most salient exercise of executive clemency to date.
44) Chief Justice Marshall, in one of the earliest recorded interpretations of the executive clemency power, described it thus:
The panel has been charged with reviewing all of these requests and making recommendations to the Governor's Executive Clemency Office regarding cases they view as being particularly deserved.
Executive clemency appears more promising due to a flexible and broad nature that allows the president and state governors to pardon or commute sentences at will.
Where there is good reason to believe that an innocent person was convicted, a law was applied inappropriately, or a sentence was determined contrary to the interests of justice, executive clemency may be the only redress.
The executive clemency was given on the condition that Estrada would not engage in any attempts to undermine the government.
Contents Background Legal Effect of Executive Clemency Warrants of Pardon Department of Justice Regulations Contacts Author Contact Information Acknowledgments
Parole has been eliminated in many states, and executive clemency is an endangered species.
I hereby grant executive clemency to Joseph Ejercito Estrada," chief presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye said.
The Public Attorney's Office has been seeking the release of the men under executive clemency, saying they have been in prison for more than two decades.
The executive clemency hearing would be separate from the parole hearing, he said.

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