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When a president leaves office his mark on history is complete. Will he be remembered among the great presidents (Lincoln or FDR) or will he freefall down the list along with the Garfield’s? Regardless, it is a presidential practice to exercise one final act of authority. With a stroke of the pen, the cell gate lock opens and out they come. Pardoned. Forgiven. Should they be? Perhaps not. That is not the issue, in a final charitable and merciful act the President changes the life of a criminal forever. Unless that person has national recognition their name goes unrecognized, except in the local papers of the criminal’s hometown.

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