On Friday, August 25, , President Donald Trump issued the first pardon of his presidency to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of a misdemeanor count of contempt of court last month. The presidential pardon is a tool that presidents have used throughout history, particularly in times of rebellion or discord those that do not involve Thanksgiving Turkeys, that is. This lesson explores the foundations of the presidential pardon in the U. Constitution, as well as how and why this power has been exercised throughout history. Students will explore various presidential pardons from Washington to Clinton to gain an understanding of the motivations behind pardons and the impact of pardons on society. Students will be able to explore the motivations for and effectiveness of presidential pardons throughout history in order to argue for or against the continued necessity of the presidential pardon as a constitutional right. Ask students to share their examples. After 5 or 6 students have shared their response, continue the discussion with follow-up questions such as:. Why is this power necessary? Students should answer the discussion questions that follow.
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Mr Trump joked that the pair of North Carolina-bred turkeys he was about to pardon had been raised to "remain calm under any condition", a trait he said will be "very important because they've already received subpoenas to appear in Mr Schiff's basement on Thursday". But he told the turkeys that "unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met. It's very unusual". Mr Trump's latest act of clemency benefited Butter, a 21kg turkey, which was granted a "full and complete" pardon. Mr Trump said he was also sparing Butter's alternate, named Bread, which weighs 20kg, from being served up on a Thanksgiving table.
But we now seem more accustomed to using the term pardon in the context of the power used by American presidents to grant clemency to those convicted of federal crimes. The power of the presidential pardon is absolute and cannot be overturned by Congress or courts, even though it might be controversial. Pardons have been granted for many reasons over the history of our republic. Their use dates back to President George Washington, who granted amnesty to tax protesters in set to hang for their participation in Whiskey Rebellion.