Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mississippi Pardons

As expected the pardon power wins out over superficial notice requirements.  The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled all 198 pradons valid. The major issue is that of separation of powers. The judiciary simply can't intrude into the executive's pardon and commutation power nor can the legislature.  The real question is why some of these pardons were issued in the first place.  In the end as much as they may not like it now, the people of Mississippi gave that power to their governor and elected the man to fill the office.  Pardons might be something to question the candidates about next campaign.  That said, the pardon and commutation power is probably used too sparingly in modern government.  It is likely it will be used even less after this episode.

s/ Kurt Koehler
308 1/2 S. State Street Suite 36
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48198
(Washtenaw County)

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