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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Not only that he laid the theoretical foundations and analyzed mercifulness, but he also practiced it.
"She felt a desire and obligation to try to resemble Jesus Christ in his mercifulness."
The mercifulness of God works in the world and each part of creation.
In Surah al-Rahman, Allah further communicates the depth and range of his mercifulness. First the very name of the surah tells us that this kalam (revelation) is from Ar Rahman the merciful and compassionate.
Keywords: Rereading, Intertextuality, Mercifulness, Book of the Twelve, Exodus, Joel, Jonah.
As such, there was no moratorium decree, which would have been accompanied by expansive interpretations and acclaim of the monarch's mercifulness. Instead, there followed only semisecret instructions--in no way intended as a "declaration for the information of all"--ordering that "executions of those sentenced to capital punishment or political death should be stayed [and] summary briefs should be sent to the Senate, to await further instruction." (15) It goes without saying that no instructions were forthcoming, and the Senate was swamped with lists of convicts, while prisons and other places of detention overflowed.
Meanwhile, former secretary of the Kuwait Awqaf (Endowments) Public Foundation Abdulmohsen Al-Kharafi pointed out that endowments have been playing an instrumental role in cementing national unity through its efforts to promote tolerance and mercifulness among compatriots.
Jesus was being like a child in His complete obedience to His Heavenly Father, in His humility, and in His mercifulness to others, especially the poor, and that's what the Sto.
JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Wednesday urged Saudis and other Muslims to uphold the values of tolerance, love, unity and mercifulness, and reject violence and terrorism.
What kind of mercifulness and court belittlement, Rizaov concludes.
Extraversion is a capacity of being optimistic, solid, lively, kind and gregarious, Agreeability is a capacity of mercifulness and compassion.
Allah's blessings and mercifulness enabled me to accomplish my goal.