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University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Respect the power of the pardon [Commentary]
Respect the power of the pardon [Commentary]

"[O]ne man appears to be a more eligible dispenser of the mercy of government, than a body of men." — Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 74 Every politician wants a legacy — an issue or institution that evolves far beyond the official's time in public office. Sometimes, unexpected events intervene and the intended legacy items do not go according to plan. My experience is a good example of such an unplanned legacy. Some of you will recall our administration's steadfast support for charter schools — public schools that enjoy a greater degree of autonomy than the standard public school. Out of that support emerged Maryland's first charter school...