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Pardons Are Complicated

The January 6th Committee continued to do great work outlining the conspiracy to execute a coup and keep Donald Trump in power despite losing the election.

One of the details that came out today was the list of Republican Members of Congress who asked Trump for a pardon before his leaving office.

This revelation led to a reaction from many people on Twitter and other places that there was only one reason you ask for a pardon: because you are guilty.

And that is one reason to do so. But, also, it is expensive to defend yourself against charges: even false ones.

Even innocent and falsely accused people are driven into economic ruin because of how expensive it is to defend oneself.

I doubt that is what is happening here. Pardons are complicated. But it is a reminder that we should do more to ensure people have all the opportunities possible to demonstrate their innocence.

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