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This 3-day course will examine the history and constitutional basis for the presidential pardon power, the nature and limits of the pardon power, how presidents have generally exercised the power, and proposals for reform of the pardon power in the wake of President Trump’s use of the power. Among other topics, we will explore the underlying theory of the pardon power, what if any checks exist on abuses of the power, and whether proposed legislative reforms would be likely to survive challenges in the courts.
ZOOM LINK: Available on website to paid and registered members
CLASS LIMIT: 95
INSTRUCTOR: John S. Ross III holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. He has taught several courses for WISE on constitutional law topics.
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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609