Many have high hopes that President Obama will exercise the pardon power more generously before his term finally ends. It is quite unfortunate that he has not exhibited more interest to date. But here we are. Unfortunately, if he grants record numbers of pardons and commutations of sentence between now and the end of the term, it may cause as much harm as good so far as public perceptions of the pardon power are concerned. The recommendations outlined above would, if implemented, prevent future presidents from ever finding themselves in such a predicament."
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