Power of a governor or president to pardon a person convicted of a criminal offense or to commute his or her sentence, usually on the recommendations of a specially appointed committee.

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  • I enjoy watching the President of the United States grant clemency to a live turkey or two just before Thanksgiving, meaning that they will live another year and not wind up as someone's main course for the holiday.

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  • President Jimmy Carter granted clemency to Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame for his conviction in a sexual offense regarding a minor.

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  • Even though he knew it was the right thing to do, the governor was reluctant to grant clemency to the prisoner because of possible voter disapproval.

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