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Old 10th January 2021, 03:44 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Thor 2 View Post
Trump's fragrant abuse of his privilege to grant pardons brings this to mind.

I just wonder why a head of state should be given this privilege. How did this come about and what is the reasoning behind it?
Pure speculation, but.....


I think the power of the king, and later the president, to pardon probably stems from a time where the most common sentence for any felony was hanging, and it was usually carried out within days or weeks of a conviction, and Courts of Appeals weren't really a thing.

I have to believe it was basically a way of overriding a verdict before someone could be killed. The prosecutor and judge held life and death power over the accused, and the only appeal was to the king.
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