Obama's true test: pardon Mumia



In a email this morning, my sister writes: "Good Afternoon Brother, I was thinking about something and knew if anyone I know would know... it would be you... once Obama takes office, would he have the authority to pardon Mumia?"

With George Bush pardoning John Forte recently and New York Governor David Patterson pardoning Slick Rick, why not?

Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution says: "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 [note: a reprieve reduces the severity of a punishment without removing the guilt of the person reprieved, a pardon removes both punishment and guilt] for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment."

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