Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Clueless McCarthy Denies Presidential Amnesty Power

Appearing last night on The Kelly File, Andrew McCarthy said:
If in individual cases, injustice has been done, if there are mitigating circumstances in a case that warrant a correction, that's why the President has the power. But he's not taking about individual cases here. He's talking about a category of federal law that he philosophically disagrees with. So he's essentially going to rewrite Congress laws by springing everyone. This is not about individual justice in cases and mitigating mistakes or hardships. This is about rewriting federal law.
Of course, Presidents have been granting group (as opposed to individual) pardons for centuries and, many times without any argumentation whatsoever that there was an "injustice" in need of "correction" Of course, along the way, they also "essentially" slapped the face of categories of federal law, passed by Congress.

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President
Date
Details
Washington
July 10 1795
Whiskey Insurrectionists
Adams
May 21 1800
Pennsylvania Insurrectionists (Fries Rebellion)
Jefferson
October 15 1807
Military deserters (if surrendered in 4 months)
Madison
February 7 1812
Military deserters (if surrendered in 4 months)
Madison
October 8 1812
Military deserters (if surrendered in 4 months)
Madison
June 14 1814
Military deserters (if surrendered in 4 months)
Madison
February 6 1815
Pirates participating in War of 1812
Jackson
June 12 1830
Military deserters discharged, those confined released
Buchanan
April 6, 1858
Utah uprising
Lincoln
February 14 1862
Political prisoners paroled
Lincoln
March 10 1863
Military deserters restored with only forfeiture of pay
Lincoln
December 8 1863
“Rebellion” participants (with exceptions) subject to oath
Lincoln
February 26 1864
Military deserters sentences mitigated, restored to duty
Lincoln
March 26 1864
Clarification of December 8, 1863, amnesty
Lincoln
March 11 1865
Military deserters (if returned to post in 60 days)
Johnson
May 29 1865
Certain rebels of Confederate States
Johnson
May 4 1866
Clarification of previous amnesty
Johnson
July 3 1866
Military deserters restored with only forfeiture of pay
Johnson
September 7 1867
Confederates (excepting certain officers) subject to oath
Johnson
July 4 1868
Confederates (except those indicted for treason or felony)
Johnson
December 25 1868
Confederates (universal and unconditional)
Harrison
January 4 1893
Mormons practicing polygamy
Cleveland
September 25 1894
Mormons practicing polygamy
T. Roosevelt
July 4 1902
Philippine insurrectionists, subject to oath
Wilson
June 14 1917
5,000, Persons under suspended sentences
Wilson
August 21 1917
Clarification, reaffirmation of June 14 amnesty
Coolidge
December 15 1923
Espionage Act
Coolidge
March 5 1924
Over 100 military deserters. Restoration of citizenship.
F. Roosevelt
December 23 1933
Over 1,500 who violated Espionage or Draft laws.
Truman
December 24 1945
Thousands of ex-convicts serving at least 1 year in war
Truman
December 23 1947
1,523 draft evaders (recommended by Amnesty Board)
Truman
December 24 1952
Convicts serving armed forces at least 1 year since 1950
Truman
December 24 1952
Military deserters convicted between 1945 and 1950
Ford
September 16 1974
Vietnam draft evaders. Conditioned on public service
Carter
January 21 1977
Vietnam draft evaders. Unconditional pardon

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