Friday, October 07, 2005


Regarding Presidential Pardons

Regarding Proclamation 6518, Grant of Executive Clemency
57 Fed. Reg. 62,145 (December 24, 1992)

This document is the pretrial executive pardon of former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger for his conduct in the Iran-Contra affair.

The Response:

Fourth Interim Report to Congress
Independent Counsel for Iran/Contra Matters Lawrence E. Walsh (February 8, 1993)

findings include:

Pretrial pardon preempts public disclosure and examination of facts.
The pardon of Casper Weinberger violated the purpose of Title VI of the Ethics in Government Act.

"The Attorney General has issued regulations which, although they do not bind the President, are designed to ensure fair and appropriate use of Presidential pardons. Under these regulations, pre-trial pardons are completely unavailable; rather individuals seeking pardons must wait until they have been tried convicted and have served their sentences, plus an additional period of years."

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