Bush’s Latest Pardons

The new round of White House pardons are Bush’s first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property.

The whole list is here.


  1. #1 Nattering Nabob of Negativism
    November 25, 2008

    Everybody knows that the president can issue pardons, but pardons apply only to convictions. The president does not have the power to issue immunity from prosecution.

    Ford tried this gimmick — a blanket ‘pardon’ for unspecified possible misconduct — for Nixon and then both Congress and SCOTUS played along with it.

    If Bush tries this, and Obama knuckles under, his administration will be scarred irreparably.

  2. #2 Azkyroth
    November 25, 2008

    I think there’s also a strong constitutional argument based on the reference in the powers of Congress to the power “to define and punish…offenses against the Law of Nations” vs. the stipulation that the President may issue pardons for “offenses against the United States,” that the president’s pardon power does not extend to war crimes.

  3. #3 Thomas
    November 26, 2008

    Don’t expect too much from Obama, he knows he is likely to commit his own crimes he doesn’t want scrutinized too much. Clinton bombed a pharmaceutical factory, but while Bush didn’t seem to like Clinton too much he did nothing about it even if it was an clear war crime. (or state terrorism if you prefer that term).

  4. #4 Ashley Moore
    November 26, 2008

    As a non-US citizen, I must ask: Why the hell does the president have the power to issue pardons?

    Doesn’t it make a mockery of the whole judicial system that a single person can arbitrarily negate convictions?