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  •  yes and no (16+ / 0-)

    his pardon power extends only to criminal offenses against the United States.  It extends neither to civil actions nor offenses against the several states.  Thus he could be subject to law suits and to prosecutions for violation of state law (and btw and international statutes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and the like - we well-established that principle after WWII which is why this administration was so desperate to get other nations on record to not take US soldiers and officials to the International Criminal Court).  I would suspect that were Bush to be so egregious and in your face, his legal problems would only be beginning.

    Further, it is not clear that an ex-president cannot be impeached.  And since one of the possible punishments of conviction upon impeachment goes beyond removal from office to the so-called death penalty - barring from and Federal office or benefit, Bush could be stripped of pension, Federal library, Secret Service protection, and a number of other benefits normally available to ex-presidents, either through an impeachment that removes from office, or an ex post facto impeachment after his term is over - if the Congress had the stomach for it.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

    by teacherken on Sun Jul 29, 2007 at 05:53:28 AM PDT

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    •  Wrong. (3+ / 0-)
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      koNko, NearlyNormal, kyril

      See the previous references to Ex Parte Grossman and Ex Parte Garland.

      The pardon does in fact extend to civil matters with respect to the United States.

      It does not, however, allow the pardon to affect state/local laws and procedures, save where there is a specific exception.

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