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  •  Ford did not pardon Nixon (2+ / 0-)
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    lotlizard, Jimdotz

    in the sense that I don't believe his little signed piece of paper carries any legal weight whatsoever.  It's just hot air.

    A pardon comes after conviction of a specific person on a specific criminal count.

    If you like, Ford's "pardon" was a statement of intent to pardon, if Ford were still to be in office at the time Nixon was convicted of a crime.  Whoop-de-doo.

    The problem is that everyone in power runs around as if it were legally binding, and the press and the public roll for it.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Wed May 21, 2008 at 06:41:18 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with that assessment... (0+ / 0-)

      Pardons come after someone commits the Offense, which in our tradition, is not determined until after a trial (but I'll compromise a little on that point and settle for a Pardon happening validly after merely an indictment).

      Barack Obama -- The President we were promised as kids!

      by Jimdotz on Wed May 21, 2008 at 06:53:16 PM PDT

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