TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 25, 2017
With the president openly discussing his own power to pardon his aides and family members, Law.com analyzes one of the few cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on pardon power: Ex Parte Garland, from 1866. Augustus Garland was an attorney who had supported the Confederacy during the Civil War, and in 1865, Congress passed a law barring any lawyer who was a Confederate official from appearing in the Supreme Court. Garland, however, had been pardoned by President Andrew Johnson. He took his case to the Supreme Court and won in a 5-4 decision.