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If you've ever wondered about the constitutional basis for presidential pardons, this book explains it, offering examples from the recent and distant past. Follow constitutional law professor and popular newsroom commentator Kim Wehle through a fascinating rundown of how this executive power has been—and might be—used by American presidents.


Kim Wehle is a constitutional scholar and tenured professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She was formerly an assistant United States Attorney and an associate counsel in the Whitewater investigation. Professor Wehle is also a legal expert for CBS News, a contributor for BBC World News, and a regular guest on NPR's Morning Edition. She also writes for The Atlantic, Politico, The Hill, and The Bulwark. The author of How to Read the Constitution-and Why, she lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her children.

Pardon Power

This title will ship on September 2, 2024
  • Kimberly Wehle (pronounced “Whale-ee”) is an expert in constitutional law and the separation of powers, with particular emphasis on presidential power and administrative agencies. She is a tenured law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Administrative law, and Federal Courts. She is also a legal contributor for ABC News and regularly writes for Politico, The Atlantic, and The Bulwark. Winner of the University of Maryland System Board of Regents Award for excellence in scholarship, she also writes and comments on the Supreme Court, election law and voting rights. She was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Washington D.C. office and Associate Independent Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation. She is author of the books, What You Need to Know about Voting—and Why, How to Read The Constitution—and Why, and How to Think Like a Lawyer—and Why: A Common-Sense Guide to Everyday Dilemmas. Her forthcoming book, How the Pardon Pardon Works—and Why, is due out in June of 2024. Kim is also Of Counsel at the boutique law firm of Levy, Firestone and Muse.

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