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Thu Jan 14, 2021, 11:55 PM

Everyone is talking about pardons.

Will Trump try to pardon this person, can he pardon himself?

I am not a lawyer. If there is anyone here with real training and credentials please correct me.

As far as I understand the concept, you cannot pardon someone unless they have been convicted.

Right now, some of the terrorist/insurgents have been charged. No trials have been convened. Therefore, until the accused are given their verdicts in court, no one can possibly pardon them.

Now, I know that political clout and other means have been used in the past to get charges dropped in all kinds of situations. But, as far as I understand, no one can issue a pardon for a crime that has not yet been proved. I wish people would consider this point in these discussions about Trump pardoning his family, his cronies and his supporters.

Again, I am open to correction if I am wrong. But I would rather such correction come from someone with real information, not just people speculating. I understand the need to speculate. We're all worried, upset and scared. Speculation is a way of trying to prepare ourselves and feel more in control. It also makes us feel important and less like insignificant background players in this intense drama unfolding around us.

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Collimator Jan 2021 OP
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Response to Collimator (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 11:57 PM

1. He'll pardon no one

He'll use them as bargaining chips to reduce his punishments.

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Response to Collimator (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 11:58 PM

2. Nixon

Nixon was pardoned and was never indicted or convicted. So yes, a non-convicted person can be pardoned.

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Response to Collimator (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2021, 11:58 PM

3. They do not have to be convicted or even charged

Jimmy Carter pardoned all the draft dodgers. Andrew Johnson pardoned all of the confederates. Blanket pardons.

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Response to Collimator (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2021, 12:01 AM

4. Nixon was pardoned

Prior to charges or conviction.

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