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a prerogative power exercised by the Home Secretary to allow a sentence to be commuted, remitted or suspended.
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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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" Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party's lenient attitude have further strengthened terrorists.
The conference titled Lenient Pakistan, hosted by former Minister Pir Amin-ul- Hasnat Shah under the aegis of 'Sada Salamat Pakistan Forum' issued a unanimous declaration, urging Ulema to play their role in promoting harmony and love among various segments of society.
Smith and Warner both received a lenient 12-month ban and all three will be rewarded by playing in The Cricket World Cup, The Ashes or County Cricket this year.
In his letter to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, Mr Jones writes: "This was the l i i f latest case in a series of cases whereby defendants who've committed offences in contravention of the Protection of Children Act 1978 are given what's perceived by members of the public to be unduly lenient sentences.
THE 'lenient' sentence handed to perverted former police officer Lee Bartram will not be reviewed, the Attorney General's Office has confirmed.
She asked for a lenient penalty, saying she was still grieving.
Since the case was brought to the fore this week by child watchdog Foni (Voice) which criticised the court for ignoring the aggravating factors of the case when deciding the punishment, there has been strong public and political reaction over the lenient sentence.
Duterte: Philippines should be careful on crackdown of illegal Chinese workers !-- -- Alexis Romero ( - November 28, 2018 - 1:33pm MANILA, Philippines Illegal Chinese workers have to be deported but the Philippines should be cautious on such crackdown because there are several Filipinos getting lenient treatment abroad, President Rodrigo Duterte said.
The Ministry of Education and Science was lenient in its respond to the statement made by the Ambassador of Turkey to Kyrgyzstan regarding Sapat and Maarif schools, MP Janar Akaev said at the meeting of the parliamentary committee on social issues, education, science, culture and health care on September 17.
TERRORISM convicts could see unduly lenient sentences reconsidered, it was revealed yesterday.
His victims, and the Crown, were concerned the sentence did not match the severity of the offences and launched an appeal against it as "unduly lenient".
The PTCL also gives its customers about one month to pay their last month's bill, which is the most lenient practice in the telecom market of Pakistan.