executive clemency


executive clemency
noun
the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction
Hypernyms: ↑office, ↑power

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  • executive clemency — n. A chief executive’s right to pardon criminals and commute criminal sentences. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008. executive clemency …   Law dictionary

  • executive clemency — The power of the chief executive (i.e. President or a governor) to pardon or commute a criminal sentence as, for example, the power to reduce the death penalty to life imprisonment. Art. II, No. 2, U.S.Const. See also clemency …   Black's law dictionary

  • executive clemency — The power of the chief executive (i.e. President or a governor) to pardon or commute a criminal sentence as, for example, the power to reduce the death penalty to life imprisonment. Art. II, No. 2, U.S.Const. See also clemency …   Black's law dictionary

  • clemency or executive clemency — Act of grace or mercy by the president or governor to ease the consequences of a criminal act, accusation, or conviction. (Sometimes known as commutation or pardon.) Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations …   Law dictionary

  • clemency — clem·en·cy / kle mən sē/ n pl cies 1: willingness or ability to moderate the severity of a punishment (as a sentence) 2: an act or instance of mercy, compassion, or forgiveness see also amnesty, commute …   Law dictionary

  • executive — ex·ec·u·tive 1 adj 1: of or relating to the execution or carrying out of laws serving a warrant is an executive function; esp: belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, overseeing the… …   Law dictionary

  • executive pardon — An executive act of grace exempting an individual from punishment for a crime he has committed. Such presidential power is authorized by Art. II, No. 2, U.S.Const. Similar powers are afforded to governors by state constitutions. See also… …   Black's law dictionary

  • executive pardon — An executive act of grace exempting an individual from punishment for a crime he has committed. Such presidential power is authorized by Art. II, No. 2, U.S.Const. Similar powers are afforded to governors by state constitutions. See also… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Lewis Libby clemency controversy — The Lewis Libby clemency controversy arose when U.S. President George W. Bush commuted the prison sentence of I. Lewis Scooter Libby, a high ranking official in his administration, on July 2, 2007. [President George W. Bush,… …   Wikipedia

  • Naval Clemency and Parole Board — The Naval Clemency and Parole Board (NC PB) is a board established by the United States Department of the Navy to serve as executive agent for the United States Secretary of the Navy to decide questions of clemency and parole for members of the… …   Wikipedia