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12/28/06 5:27 PM
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MikeD
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Edited: 28-Dec-06
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What is the difference? Is a pardon posthumuously (sp?) and communting when the person is still alive? I'm a little confused after reading about Bush's latest pardons. Also, in Prison Break Lincoln wants the governor to pardon him, but he's obviously still alive.
12/29/06 10:06 AM
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Edited: 29-Dec-06
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A pardon is not limited to postumous action. I believe commuting a sentence means that there is a reduction in the penalty, whereas a pardon is absolving the person of the crimninal act entirely.

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