By:  LINDSEY O'NEILL, ESQ.

President George Bush has just pardoned 14 people and commuted the sentences of 2 others.  (Read the Associated Press article here.) Each U.S. president has pardoning power. When a person is pardoned for a crime, the charges, the conviction and the penalty imposed are all forgiven. Often, there is debate over whether certain presidential pardons are right or wrong.

Learn more about presidential pardons at the U.S. Department of Justice website: Presidential Clemency Actions.

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