This certainly comes as no shock. As a matter of fact, it’s a refreshing surprise. Common sense dictates that somebody shouldn’t be able to pardon an accomplice, or co-conspirator and apparently that notion can be framed legally as well. Hallelujah. BREAKING: We just filed this motion before Judge Jackson. There are limits to the pardon power, incl when the power is abused for self-dealing purposes. The Stone commutation violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution + should be declared invalid. @FSFP @jedshug @ronfein https://t.co/ae8z8Qoz5l — John Bonifaz (@JohnBonifaz) July 16, 2020 Thanks @JohnBonifaz @ronfein @FSFP for your help! Our core argument against pardons of co-conspirators can be found here:"Fiduciary Constitutionalism: Implications for Self-Pardons and Non-Delegation" (2019)https://t.co/C0K1gCZoE3 — Jed Shugerman (@jedshug) July 16, 2020 I cannot overstate how happy I am to see this take place. Roger Stone telegraphed to the world last week that he hadn’t ratted on Trump, and then on Friday night his sentence was commuted. Stone leap frogged over thousands of applicants for pardon and commutation. And then we found out that according to DOJ guidelines, he wasn’t even technically eligible for a commutation of sentence, because he hadn’t even begun serving time. The commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence is in many ways the most embarrassingly self-serving thing that Donald Trump has done so far — and that’s saying a mouthful. This is heartening that people are standing up and doing something about it. Hear hear.
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