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Monday, April 02, 2018

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I'm obviously not a lawyer, but I would say the pardon would stand but that the president could be charged for selling the pardon, or conspiracy to murder (in the hypo with the witness).

Of course, if the murder takes place in a state and not, say, D.C., then the president can't pardon for state crimes. (I'm assuming a murder in D.C. is pardonable by the US president on the assumption that murder is a federal crime when it happens in a federal district.....of course my assumption could be wrong.)

Murder of a witness to prevent testimony in a federal case is a federal crime, so presumably pardonable by the president. 18 U.S.C. Section 1512, but I imagine it could still be charged as a state crime.

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