Does the President Need to Scrap the Pardon Power?

A recent RAND study revealed the potential for racial bias, but the more fundamental problem is that the federal criminal legal system relies too heavily on the extraordinary power of the presidency to perform tasks that are essentially routine, writes a former U.S. Pardon Attorney.

No ‘Systematic’ Racial Bias in Presidential Pardon Process: Report

Though evidence of racial bias in the Office of the Pardon Attorney’s (OPA) pardon-petition practices is statistically insignificant, a RAND Corporation report found that successful pardon seekers are most likely to be U.S.-born white men who commit white collar crimes. 

Overhaul of Clemency Process Will Focus on Racial Justice

In an effort seen as a rebuke of Donald Trump’s transactional approach to clemency, which bypassed the Justice Department with a wave of late pardons and commutations to people with wealth or connections, President Joe Biden’s administration has signaled  that pardons or commutations could be implemented by the midpoint of his term.

Trump Pardon List Favors the Well-Connected

Some of President Donald Trump’s actions have seemed intended to send clear messages, such as grants of clemency for George Papadopoulos, the former campaign operative whose 2016 activities triggered the FBI probe that led to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.