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Gotcha Steve

Pardons do not take effect automatically. More than a century ago, the Supreme Court explained that, for a presidential pardon to be effective, it must be “accepted” by the person offered the pardon. Significantly, as Chief Justice John Marshall wrote in 1833, the decision to accept a pardon is an admission of guilt.

As a consequence, people offered a pardon who insist that they are innocent of the charges have the right to a trial to clear their name. But if they decide to accept the pardon, they convey to the world that they committed the crime and have been spared some of the consequences.

Not only that, but if they are on trial, they must go in front of a judge, and present their out of jail card, but in doing so, they must admit guilt. This is what the judge in the Flynn case made him do and he had it entered for the record.

So here's Bannon's dilemma. If he uses the get out of jail card, he must admit guilt, and by doing so, he provides all the ammunition those who were defrauded need, in their civil lawsuits.

I'm sure Mar-a-Lago will be hiring support staff to handle the pool and grounds.
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MarkPaul · 22-25, M
The only issue is the morons who gave to Bannon's slush fund are too far gone to feel they have been taken despite the obvious evidence. I doubt many, if any, will bring civil charges. Then again, that realtor in Texas who got caught being an insurrectionist needs some quick cash.
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
Maybe there is a little justice in the world after all. And it could explain why Trump didnt play the pardon card for himself. admitting guilt to federal crimes would be an automatic guilty for the state courts.

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