Pardon Me! The Rules and Practices of Presidential Pardons
The official pardoning of White House turkey(s) by the President of the US in recognition of Thanksgiving Day is a White House tradition that always receives media attention. It is thought that President Lincoln's 1863 clemency to a turkey was the origin for the pardoning ceremony, but there are other stories as well. The policy and rules surrounding Presidential pardons also were in the news this year with the controversial pardon of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. What are the rules for presidential pardons. Tune in to learn about this unique Constitutional provision on this week's episode of Wagner & Winick On the Law.