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Presidential Pardons

Article Two, Section II of the Constitution of the United States of America, grants the President of these United States, the power to pardon anyone convicted of a crime. The lone exception to this rule is the pardoning of a President impeached by the Congress of the United States.

So, while former President William Jefferson Clinton saw fit to pardon Marc Rich for his 1983 indictment of racketeering, mail and wire fraud -- the current administration, or any other administration will never be able to absolve former President Clinton of having been impeached, even if a future President turns out to be the former first lady, New York Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton.

Patricia Hearst, Heiress to publishing mogul, Randolph William Hearst, was kidnapped by the radical SLA in the mid--seventies and was later famously shown holding a fully loaded machine gun while taking part in a bank robbery with her kidnappers. She disavowed her family and became a vocal member of the SLA until her capture on September 18th, 1975. Patty, who took on the name of Tanya, became the most famous kidnap victim since the Lindberg kidnapping of the 30s, and was found guilty by a jury for the federal offense of robbing a bank. Hearst was sentenced to five years in prison, but former President Jimmy Carter commuted the sentence for time served. Ms Hearst is also the recipient of a Presidential pardon.

George Steinbrenner, famous owner of the New York Yankees, was convicted of making illegal contributions to Nixon's re-election campaign along with obstruction of justice. While the pinstriped ship builder may not have served any real jail time, President Ronald Reagan granted the boss, (famously called a convicted liar by the late Billy Martin), a Presidential pardon.

Peter, Paul and Mary's, Peter Yarrow was amongst the most disgraceful Presidential pardons. The folk group, famous for such 60s hits as "Puff The Magic Dragon" and "If I Had a Hammer," broke up as a result of Peter Yarrows conviction for "improper liberties" taken with a 14-year-old fan. Jimmy Carter also pardoned Yarrow. Other famous recipients of Presidential Pardons include General Robert E. Lee.

When President Bush was Governor of Texas, his good buddy "Kenny-boy" contributed millions to further W's political ambitions. Kenny boy, of course, is Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron, where the 401k's of countless employees disappeared like Saddam Hussein's weapons of Mass Destruction. Kenny-boy now awaits sentencing for conviction of conspiracy and fraud in the greatest corporate scandal of all time. Article Two Section Two of the United States Constitution: The President shall have the power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment. So what are the odds of President George W. Bush being impeached? What are the odds Kenny-boy is sweating?

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