One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The right and power of a sovereign, state president, or other supreme authority to commute a death sentence, to change the mode of execution, or to pardon an offender.
- ‘Yet the people, like all sovereigns, had the prerogative of mercy, and on the eighteenth a reprieve was proposed.’
- ‘This was particularly dangerous for Middleton because it challenged the royal prerogative of mercy.’
- ‘The prerogative of mercy exists as a safety valve where the criminal trial and appeal system produces a result which the public interest cannot sustain.’
- ‘Neither he nor any previous president has exercised the prerogative of mercy.’
- ‘The prerogative of mercy should be exercised by procedures which are fair and proper and… are subject to judicial review.’
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