The third and final panel of the "Future of the President's Pardon Power" series, jointly organized by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, the Collateral Consequences Resource Center, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, will consider whether the process for managing the president’s pardon power requires an overhaul so that it can better serve the presidency, and complement rather than undermine the rule of law. Professor Jeffrey Crouch, author of the most comprehensive recent history of the pardon power, will offer a historical perspective on the pardon process, and ask whether it has failed in recent years to serve its original purpose. Professor Rachel Barkow has proposed that the pardon process should be reformed by moving it out of the Department of Justice to avoid the stranglehold of federal prosecutors and creating an independent board of officials to advise the president. Margaret Love, who served as a pardon attorney under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, will comment on Professor Barkow’s proposal. Reforming the process by which the president gets advice in pardon matters is another way that Trump’s departure from past pardoning practices may have paved the way for much-needed reforms.
For more information on the entire series, please visit u.osu.edu/clemencyseries.
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