Brakes on the Pardon Power

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December 5, 2008 10:06 a.m.

It seems that Rep. Nadler (D-NY), who actually represents the part of New York City where TPM is located, is set to introduce a constitutional amendment to limit the president’s pardon power.

I’d be curious what people think. It’s certainly come in for some abuse. But in addition to always being leery of fiddling with the constitution, I don’t know if I like the idea of changing the pardon power. I think it’s an important safety valve in our constitutional system. If it’s been a problem, rather than changing the constitution, maybe we need better presidents.

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