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Old 13th January 2021, 10:08 AM   #89
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Originally Posted by RecoveringYuppy View Post
1) By issuing, and then accepting a self-pardon, Trump is essentially admitting that he committed a crime..
A lot of people say this, but is it well settled law?
No it isn't.

There was a case (Burdick v. United States) which people think makes that insinuation, but that was more a case of "can you reject a pardon" rather than "does it imply guilt".

Heck, the fact that pardons can be issued because a person was exonerated due to new evidence shows that Pardons don't have to imply guilt (at least in a legal sense.)

Now, that doesn't mean there can't be repercussions.... even though accepting a pardon isn't a legal admission of guilt, it still may look bad to a jury, should someone be brought up on state level or civil charges.

See: Washington Post
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