executive clemency

  1. the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction
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  • It's a proud tradition, as you know, of executive clemency that began with President Harry Truman.
  • The president can stop executions by granting executive clemency or a commutation of the sentence.
  • Do you believe that the use of prosecutorial discretion, jury nullification, the necessity defense, executive clemency and any other mechanisms that are available to obviate or circumvent criminal statutes is unethical in all cases, without exception? and, uh, things like executive clemency are all firmly within the law. Matthew Yglesias » Conservatives’ Unhinged Attacks on Nancy Pelosi
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