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2014 Distinguished Dunwody Lecture in Law

Please join us for the 2014
Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in Law

“Thirty-Two Years on the Federal Bench: Some Things I Have Learned”

Presented by the Honorable Emmett Ripley Cox
Senior United States Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals
for the Eleventh Circuit

Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom
Holland Hall 180
Friday, March 21, 2014
10:30 am

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Where Pardons Are Concerned, Second Best Might Not Be So Bad After All: A Response to Chad Flanders

Response to Chad Flanders, Pardons and the Theory of the “Second Best”

In his article, Pardons and the Theory of the “Second Best,” Professor Flanders asserts that pardons are “second best” in two ways. First, they tend to be granted when the criminal justice system has failed in some way. Second, pardons “en masse” can reflect racial bias, favoritism, and arbitrariness, all of which undermine the integrity of our criminal justice system. The heart of his article theorizes how pardons should be granted in order to avoid such undermining outcomes. Specifically, Flanders contends that pardons cannot be examined exclusively at the individual level; rather, executives should consider the patterns that emerge when looking at pardons as a whole. Read more.

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