November 18, 2008 Leave a comment
The U.S. Constitution, under Article II, Section 2, grants the power of pardon to the President.
It states that the “The President … shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment”
As the end of his final term gets closer, it is reported that more than 3000 people are seeking presidential pardons or commutations from President Bush. This is the largest number for any single year since at least 1900, according to Justice Department Statistics.
President Bush, however, has granted fewer pardons than any other president in modern history and many are curious to see if he reverses this trend before he leaves office. (Just for comparison, President Nixon granted 893 pardons during his two terms of presidency. So far, Mr. Bush has granted just 157 pardons.)
Some of the high profile felons who have submitted pardon requests to the Justice Department are Michael Milken, former junk bond king turned philanthropist, who was turned down by Bill Clinton during his presidency,
Marion Jones, the world-champion sprinter serving 6 months in jail for lying about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and John Walker Lindh, dubbed the “American Taliban“, for providing material support to a terrorist organization and is currently serving 20 years.