See “Part 5 – Rewards for doing the president’s bidding” of “Future-Proofing the Presidency”

@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG See Part 5 – “Rewards for doing the president’s bidding” of “Future-Proofing the Presidency” by @BostonGlobe, for ideas on how to reform presidential pardon powers. Watch Thurs., 8 pm ET, to 4/7/22, “If America Fails?:  The Coming Tyranny” on TWN.

In this segment of the six-part series, “Future-Proofing the Presidency,” editors of The Boston Globe offer their recommendations on reforming presidential pardon powers and curbing the likelihood of abuse.  — LMO

Here are a few excerpts:

“Donald Trump’s abuse of the pardon power to reward criminal loyalists is a precedent for a future authoritarian leader to commit crimes without consequence. Its use must be curtailed by Congress.”

“… in the era of mass incarceration, executive clemency can and should be used as a means to combat an overly criminalizing and punitive system. Barack Obama used his authority to grant pardons to do just that: Most of the nearly 2,000 people whom he granted executive clemency to were people convicted of nonviolent drug-related crimes.

“… But Donald Trump has proved that a president can use his pardon power not as a corrective for injustice but in exchange for political and personal favors — or even as a tool of coercion or manipulation — and get away with it. In stark contrast to his immediate predecessor, Trump granted clemency to only 237 people. And though some of those acts of clemency included commuting unjustly long sentences for minor offenses, over 100 of them, according to the Lawfare Blog, were granted to people who either had personal connections with the former president or advanced his political cause.

“… So what exactly can be done about such a broad power bestowed on the president by the Constitution? First, the federal government should follow the example of most states. Instead of the Office of the Pardon Attorney, which oversees clemency reviews and is housed in the Department of Justice, President Biden should establish a clemency board through executive order. That way, with an entire board of various criminal justice experts reviewing petitions together rather than the pardon attorney doing so alone through their office, there would be more eyes on each individual case and a more deliberative process.

“… Second, Congress should muster the will to pass a constitutional amendment that would narrowly constrain the president’s pardon power.

“…so long as Biden and Congress absolve themselves of the responsibility to reform presidential pardons, future abuse of that power is not only likely; it’s inevitable.”  — The Editorial Board, The Boston Globe

READ | Part 5 – Rewards for doing the president’s bidding of “Future-Proofing the Presidency” | The Editorial Board, The Boston Globe, June, 2021 | 6/1/2021

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Former Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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