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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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He added that massive corruption was committed during the previous governments and the corrupt leaders mercilessly looted the national resources.
He added that extensive corruption was committed during the tenures of former governments and the corrupt leaders mercilessly plundered the national resources.
Furious storms are battering the globe mercilessly. The threat of war has been unleashed all over Africa.
Prime Minister Imran Khan: "The previous governments looted the national wealth mercilessly."
Peshawar -- Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday reiterated he is not going to spare all those including PPP and PML Nawaz leaders who mercilessly plundered the national wealth asking the tribal folk to stand by him in difficult times the country was confronting due to the 'corruption of past governments'.
'My lord, the only thing my husband is skilled in is to find faults in all that I do, raise arguments and beat me mercilessly.
Hindi poets and writers are mercilessly ridiculing Modi.
The dacoits travelling in the bus replaced the driver with their accomplice and had looted passengers mercilessly and severely tortured them.
It is pertinent here to mention that the hospital's security guards had mercilessly beaten patients and their relatives including women but the hospital administration remained silent.
ATTOCK -- Five persons of the same family including two women and three children were slaughtered mercilessly in the jurisdiction of Hazro Police station almost 16 km away from district headquarters.
LAHORE -- A Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supporter on Monday was mercilessly beaten up by security guards when he tried to approach ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to shake his hand with him at an event in Lahore.