Five myths about pres­i­den­tial par­dons.

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Brian C. Kalt

Pres­i­dent Trump is in a par­don frenzy. Last month, he dis­pensed ab­so­lu­tion for boxer Jack John­son and pun­dit Di­nesh D’Souza, and this past week — be­fore par­don­ing Alice Marie John­son at the re­quest of Kim Kar­dashian West — he de­clared that he can even par­don him­self. A White House of­fi­cial told The Wash­ing­ton Post that Trump is now “ob­sessed” with par­dons, his new “fa­vorite thing.” The par­don power is the most king­like power our pres­i­dents have; they can ap­ply it when­ever and to whomever they like. Still, many mis­con­cep­tions sur­round this con­sti­tu­tional perquisite.

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With Len­nox Lewis, right, and Sylvester Stal­lone, sec­ond from right, be­hind him, Pres­i­dent Trump dis­plays his par­don last month of the black boxer Jack John­son, who was con­victed in 1913 for crimes re­lated to his re­la­tion­ship with a white woman.

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