Recently, President Donald Trump announced that he would pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt for his interrogation methods with illegal immigrants.
The pardon sparked a wave of debate over separation of powers and our Constitution, including presidential pardons and the rule of law.
Joining us to discuss these important questions and more are two leading scholars of the pardon power.
Brian Kalt is Professor of Law and The Harold Norris Faculty Scholar at Michigan State University College of Law. He has written extensively on presidential pardon and appointments powers.
Margaret Love is an attorney who specializes in executive clemency, sentencing and corrections policy, and government ethics. She served as U.S. Pardon Attorney in the Department of Justice under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Today’s show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Ugonna Eze and Scott Bomboy. Research was provided by Ugonna Eze and Lana Ulrich.
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