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A government act to nullify a criminal charge or conviction of a person.

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In the US has anyone ever been prosecuted on the state/federal level after being pardoned on the other level?

As I understand it, assuming that an individual's actions violated both state and federal laws, there is nothing legally preventing a state for prosecuting an individual for the crime after the ...
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President promising to pardon people who will commit crimes in the future, at his incitement

It has been reported that "trump has promised to pardon people who commit crimes". If this were true, would it be illegal? For instance, is it incitement to commit crime? If a sitting president ...
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Can The President Of The US Pardon Everyone?

Can The President Of The United States Pardon everyone, for example lets say a criminal organisation is commiting crimes, after awhile they get raided by the police,everyone gets arrested and ...
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If a law abolishes a crime, can the law pardon people previously convicted of that crime?

For example, could a law that legalizes a drug retroactively free people previously convicted on charges for that drug so long as they didn't break any other laws? I know laws can't retroactively ...
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Does accepting a pardon have any bearing on trying that person for the same crime in a sovereign jurisdiction?

In the United States, accepting a pardon is an admission to the crime. In Burdick_v._United_States, the majority opinion stated that a pardon "carries an imputation of guilt; acceptance a confession ...
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What is the effect of a pardon by the President of the United States?

An answer to a recent question stated: In modern, peacetime U.S. practice, the main use of the pardon power has been to restore the civil rights of people who admit to having committed crimes and ...
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How are presidential pardons supposed to be used?

When and how are pardons supposed to be used? Why does the Constitution even grant the president the power to pardon? Can it be used to pardon any crime? On the surface, it seems to make the ...
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If Roger Stone is pardoned for crimes involving lying, can he tell the same lies under oath in the future? [duplicate]

After being convicted of lying to Congress or the FBI and later pardoned for those crimes, can a person (e.g., Roger Stone) be charged with perjury if he tells the same lies under oath as a witness at ...
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Can a U.S. President pardon an accessory to murder if the murder occurred in a foreign country?

If a U.S. citizen conspires to have another U.S. citizen murdered but the actual killing takes place in a foreign country, can the accessory to the murder be pardoned by the President?
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Can a USA governor pardon a felon who was convicted in another state?

Bill was convicted and imprisoned in a state (East Sconsin). He then moves to West Sconsin and wants to join the police. Felons are not allowed to serve as policemen. Can the governor of West Sconsin ...
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Overturning a presidential pardon and double jeopardy

President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio of any other offenses under Chapter 21 of Title 18, United States Code that might arise, or be charged. This question asks about overruling a pardon and it seems ...
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Can Congress issue a legislative pardon?

Suppose that the President did not want to pardon someone, but Congress passed a private bill excusing a person from a violation of a law. Suppose this bill became law (either through inaction of the ...
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Can a Presidential pardon nullify a search warrant?

Where the US government has seized private property pursuant to a search warrant in a criminal investigation, what would happen to that property if the President were to pardon the suspect(s) under ...
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Can president of the united states pardon himself if convicted of treason or some other wrong doing

I wanted to know whether the POTUS could pardon himself if he/she is criminally charged with treason or some other wrong doing.
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Can the POTUS really pardon via tweet? If so, what would one actually look like?

Is it true that the POTUS can make an official pardon at any time via a mere tweet? If so what would the tweet need to have/not-have to qualify as a legally legitimate pardon? For example, if the ...
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After being pardoned, can one be forced to testify in civil and criminal cases?

After being pardoned, can one be forced to testify in civil and criminal cases with no protection against self-incrimination? My example is how Trump has pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio; ...
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Do (any) US State Governors have legal authority to preemptively pardon persons of a state crime?

As I understand it, the President of the United States is empowered to pardon a person prior to being charged with a federal crime. I further understand that State Governors have the power (under ...
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Can the President issue an implicit blanket pardon for specific offenses?

Yesterday, President Trump made a speech applauded by law enforcement encouraging their rough treatment of suspects, specifically including a removal of protection from physical injury when a suspect ...
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Can use of a pre-emptive pardon also be illegal obstruction of justice?

It seems well established that the President does indeed have the right to preemptively pardon people for crimes they have not yet been convicted of, so that is not my question. Right now there are ...
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Is there something legally stronger than a pardon that does not constitute an admission of guilt?

According to the Wikipedia page on pardons: In some jurisdictions, accepting such a pardon implicitly constitutes an admission of guilt (see Burdick v. United States in the United States), so in ...
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Does anyone besides the president have the authority to pardon?

There have been cases such as Antonio Bascaró, who has been in prison for 37 years because of non-violent marijuana charges. President Obama has had the opportunity to pardon him, but it was denied ...
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Does the President's Pardon authority extend to crimes not committed at the time of the pardon?

Does the U.S. Constitutional power of the President to pardon extend to crimes not yet committed? I know Ford gave Nixon a blanket pardon, but he did so for acts that (might have) been committed in ...
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Can Clinton be pardoned without being charged or convicted?

Is it possible for someone to be pardoned if they haven't been convicted or even charged with a crime?
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Does the concept of presidential pardon have a justification in terms of separation between the executive and the judiciary? (France)

First of all, I have no experience in Law, I was just "philosophically" interested by a question related to it. I hope it is not off topic. The French President François Hollande is considering ...