Michael Brown on The Most Outrageous Pardon of All Time

Some of the president’s recent pardons have elicited angry responses around the world. USA Today called the pardoning of the Blackwater security guards “egregious and disgusting.” A headline in China’s Global Times announced, “Trump pardons allies, crooks and Kushner’s father, sparking fresh outrage.” India’s Hindustan Times carried an almost identical headline: “Trump pardons more allies and Kushner’s father, sparking fresh outrage.”

The Washington Post branded some of the pardons “nauseating.” An editorial in The Arizona Republic called them “loathsome and disgusting.”

In previous years, other presidential pardons elicited angry responses.

As Michael Genovese wrote, “Other modern questionable pardons include Jimmy Carter’s pardon for all those who evaded the draft during Vietnam War, Bill Clinton’s pardon for his half-brother Roger, who was convicted on drug charges, Clinton’s controversial pardon of donor Marc Rich, who had been convicted of tax fraud (Rich’s ex-wife was a mega-donor to the Democratic Party), George W. Bush’s pardon of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief-of-staff to Vice President Dick Cheney who had been convicted of perjury and obstruction for lying about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, Barack Obama’s pardoning of Private Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of releasing classified documents … .”

President Barack Obama was also widely criticized for pardoning—technically, commuting the sentence of—former terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera, to mention just one of many other controversial presidential pardons.

Some now claim that Trump has taken the presidential pardon privilege to a new low, while Genovese, writing before Trump’s most recent wave of pardons (and addressing whether the president would pardon himself), wrote this: “we would argue that the all-time worst presidential pardon ever was granted by George H.W. Bush to former secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger.” And he argues that, “in pardoning Weinberger, Bush was able to keep his activities secret, and in effect give himself a pardon.”

And so, he asks, “Was this the first presidential self-pardon? In a way, yes.”

But none of these pardons, however egregious some of them may be, compares with the most outrageous pardon in history.

It was not granted by an American president but by a Roman governor. And it did not take place in modern times but in ancient times, around the year A.D. 30.

As the Gospels record, at the time of the Passover, the Roman governor, in this case the notorious Pontius Pilate, would grant clemency to a Jewish man slated for execution.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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