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Old 14th January 2021, 09:21 AM   #101
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Originally Posted by ZirconBlue View Post
8. No pardon can be pre-emptive. Only for crimes that have been committed and convicted in the past.
That is already the case.
Then how does Ford's pardon of Nixon work? Or Carter's pardon of draft dodgers?
I was referring to the 'crimes committed' part of the previous statement.

In other words, a president can say "I pardon person X for shooting someone yesterday", but they can't say "I pardon person X for shooting someone tomorrow".

Ford's pardon of Nixon was for crimes that occurred previously. He didn't list specific crimes, but they were only for things that occurred in a previous, specific time frame.

(Now, you also mentioned the issue of 'convicted in the past', but since someone already brought up the issue of conviction, I assumed you were referring to the 'commission of crime')
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