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David Henson McNab

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Assuming Jonathan Rauch doesn’t have his facts all wrong, this man — convicted of a series of charges stemming from an arrest for alleged violations of Honduran lobster-catching law that weren’t actually illegal — certainly seems to deserve a little of the old presidential clemency. The presidential pardon power doesn’t, in my opinion, make a ton of institutional sense. It does, however, give the president some opportunity to do some good. Instead, in practice, it mostly seems to get used to help facilitate either petty graft (Marc Rich) or else Republican efforts to cover up serious abuses of power.