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Barabbas: A Murderer Who Was Set Free (9 of 18)
Series: Getting Acquainted With People of the New Testament
1. The Reputation of Barabbas
a) The Crowd in Which He was Associated
b) The Crimes for Which He was Arrested
2. The Release of Barabbas
a) The Fate of Barabbas
b) The Freedom of Barabbas
3. The Reaction of Barabbas
a) How Careless He Was to What Happened
b) How Changed He Was by What Happened
One of the special privileges granted to the President of the United States is the power to pardon. A Presidential Pardon is absolute and cannot be overturned by either the courts or Congress. The first presidential pardon, and the first that overturned an impending death sentence, was given by George Washington in 1791. He pardoned and granted amnesty to those who had participated in the Whiskey Rebellion, a protest against the tax that Congress had placed on whiskey sales. The government had to call in troops to put down the rebellion and the leaders of the uprising were convicted of treason.
One of the most controversial presidential pardons was issued by Richard Nixon in 1971. Nixon received a promise from Jimmy Hoffa that he would not engage in the direct or indirect management of any labor organization. After getting Hoffa's promise, Nixon pardoned the jury tampering conviction that had sent Hoffa to prison.
Perhaps the most famous presidential pardon was Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon. Nixon had resigned from office as a result of the Watergate scandal. It was widely believed that he was facing criminal prosecution for his participation in the events. Ford told the American public that it was a scandal that could go on and on and that only he ''could write the end of it.''
No president in history made use of the Presidential Pardon as Bill Clinton. On his last day in office, he issued 140 pardons, one for his half-brother, Roger Clinton, of drug charges for which he had already served ...
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