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Old 10th January 2021, 03:39 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Segnosaur View Post
I do think there can be value for a leader to pardon (or commute sentences) in it for certain circumstances...

- Sometimes new evidence may come up that justifies 'clearing' a person immediately. (Its possible that the courts might ultimately cause their release, but that might take time.)
- Circumstances may have changed for the incarcerated. (I'm thinking of someone like Chelsea Manning... who, due to her sexual identity, had more problems than normal for a prisoner)
- Society may have changed the way the crime is viewed. (I am thinking of something like Carter pardoning all Vietnam draft dodgers)

All of the above should be able to be addressed within the normal legal system.

I think the principle of separation of political power and the legal system is good, and yet we have this anomaly. Another is the appointment of judges by political leaders.
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