June 7, 2018

The Presidential Pardon Power, Explained

Does the President have "absolute power" to pardon, or is there no easy definitive answer to that question? Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution is where to start, but then what?

Two sources explain the legal analysis underlying this issue:

ABA Legal Fact Check: Pardons

USA Today: Can Trump really do that? The presidential pardon power, explained




Constitutional Conversation: July 11 @ noon
Join us for an encore Constitutional Conversation on July 11 on the topic of the Presidential pardon power. The conversation will be facilitated by constitutional law Professor Daniel Kobil (Capital University Law School). This event is free and open to the public.


U.S. Constitution: Article II, Section 2, Clause 1

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.