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  •  The latter. (1+ / 0-)
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    JG in MD

    Somebody really screwed up. Pardons can't be undone. The pardon had not been physically issued or delivered (as I understand it). Therefore, like someone being served in a lawsuit, they never received it, the legal action has not been technically taken. Or something like that.  Therefore, the pardon isn't in effect and subject to revocation.

    •  Is there case law on when, precisely, a pardon (1+ / 0-)
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      Geoffrey Williamson

      becomes legally effective?

      Sort of reminds me of Marbury v. Madison, where a presidential warrant (of appointment to a federal judgeship) had been issued, the incoming administration refused to carry out the appointment, and the Supreme Court found that the recipient had a legal right to the appointment but the court had no power to enforce that right.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Thu Dec 25, 2008 at 08:23:01 AM PST

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