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How do presidential pardons work?

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Piratesprize fighters and disgraced politicians have all been pardoned.  

Today on MPR News two legal scholars joined MPR News host Kerri Miller for a conversation about who can be pardoned by the president and why?


• Samuel Morison is a former staff attorney at the Office of the Pardon Attorney and is currently a criminal defense attorney in Washington D.C. 

• JaneAnne Murray is a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

 Use the audio player above to hear the full discussion