executive clemency
n.
A chief executive’s right to pardon criminals and commute criminal sentences.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


executive clemency
The power of a president or governor to pardon a person convicted of a crime or commute (shorten) the sentence to be served.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


executive clemency
n. The power granted to the governor by most state constitutions and vested in the president by the United States Constitution as chief executive officer to pardon or to commute any sentence imposed by a court within that officer's jurisdiction.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

executive clemency
n.
   the power of a President in federal criminal cases, and the Governor in state convictions, to pardon a person convicted of a crime, commute the sentence (shorten it, often to time already served) or reduce it from death to another lesser sentence. There are many reasons for exercising this power, including real doubts about the guilt of the party, apparent excessive sentence, humanitarian reasons such as illness of an aged inmate, to clear the record of someone who has demonstrated rehabilitation or public service, or because the party is a political or personal friend of the Governor.
   See also: commutation, pardon

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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