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The Presidential Power to Pardon

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For certain people, the upcoming presidential transition holds a special sort of promise. George W. Bush's office is fielding thousands of requests for pardons or clemency.  The request of one particular Illinoisan is causing quite a stir here. We hear listeners' thoughts on the possible clemency of former Governor George Ryan.

But before we get there, we take a quick detour to find out a little bit more about the president's power to pardon. Harold Krent is Dean and Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, and the author of the book Presidential Powers. He joined us in the studio.

Music Button: REM, "South Central Rain", from the CD Reckoning (A & M records)

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