With presidential pardons in the news this week, it seems a good time to discuss something far, far, better.
While having a sentence commuted, or a pardon, which is essentially high level forgiveness for a known crime, it does not take away the guilt of the offence. It simply takes away the due punishment for the crime. Some may say, and rightly so, sometimes, that the sentence was too harsh for the crime. That is true, sometimes, but should be as expected in unjust man’s “justice” system. When the unjust have rule over justice, how can we really expect justice, but that is a digression, for a real pardon is when it is offered when the sentence really is due. A pardon is never a declaration of “not guilty”.