The Roger Stone Commutation Was Bad. Congress Shouldn’t Make Things Worse.
Democrats in Congress must still their impulse to legislate restrictions on clemency. Not only would such a law be unconstitutional, but it may deter future presidents from using clemency the way that the framers intended.
Mark Osler is a professor and the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Osler’s work advocates for sentencing and clemency policies rooted in principles of human dignity.