This article appeared in the February 2012 edition of the ABA Journal.
This article was originally published in the January 2012 (45.1) issue of PS: Political Science and Politics.
Constitutionally, the president may exercise the pardon power without advice from the Pardon Office. When that happens, the likelihood is even greater unfairness, injustice and public wrongs. In exercising the pardon power, the president should act in an informed and credible manner.
Louis Fisher testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Obama administration's legal and constitutional justifications for military operations in Libya.