This is why Donald Trump’s lawyers keep trying to delay any legal action until after the 2024 election, and it has nothing to do with the security of Trump’s rally schedule. Should Trump, God help us all, find a way back into the White House, he’s counting on his ability to make federal charges disappear with a flick of his little fingers. Should another Republican get the chance to hold his hand and take the oath, Trump can always count on them to give him a lifeline. Heck, there’s even a reasonable possibility that President Joe Biden, the last great believer in bipartisanship and the intrinsic goodness of his political foes, could grant Trump a pardon. Especially if one of Biden’s former Senate aides approaches him with sad puppy-dog eyes.

But no one in the White House can waive the state fee. The scope of presidential pardon is not limited to the waters of the Potomac, but it is limited to crimes charged in federal court.

Still, that leaves 26 states with Republican governors who may be all too happy to quash any impeachment as soon as it appears. But even if Georgia Governor Brian Kemp were so inclined, he doesn’t have that option. Georgia is one of the very few states where the governor has no clemency power. Trump may have picked the worst possible location for a FAFO.

In 1936, Georgia elected a governor known as Ed “Ed” Rivers, Rivers expanded state services and even offered a “Little New Deal” to his state. He supported programs such as rural electrification and nearly doubling state spending on education.

Before you start cheering, note that Rivers was cheering too exceptionally Corrupt, even in a state that was known for corruption at that time. He had a habit of settling disputes with political opponents by sending in the Georgia National Guard. oh yeah and that was “Grand Titan” of the Ku Klux Klan.

But what matters most to this story is that the violently racist governor was looking for a way to line his own pockets. sell forgiveness, Rivers amassed a whole “racket” selling apologies throughout the state (too bad there were no racketeering laws at the time). He also had a system where he would pre-sign blank pardons, then send a driver to the jails to see who had the money to sign up. No crime is too serious, no bribe too big, just sign here.

The result was that Georgia stripped the governor of his power of pardon.

There are 37 states that forgive entirely dependent on the governor, In the other five states, governors can issue pardons, but only to those whose names are brought to them by state pardon boards. Seven other states have pardons that are issued by independent commissions, not by the governor. As you might expect, something is amiss in Florida, with both the governor and cabinet members considering clemency.

Technically, Georgia is one of the few states that has put pardon power entirely in the hands of the Pardon Board, over which the governor has no authority, but Georgia’s Pardon Board also has some serious limitations. Like most states, it cannot waive charges for those not tested or interrupt tests in progress. So even if that board is full of MAGA, Trump can’t count on it to get him out of the case in Fulton County.

But it’s worse than that, because the Georgia board doesn’t dole out pardons in the sense that Trump distributed them among his criminal friends like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Steve Bannon and Dinesh D’Souza. No one gets a get out of jail free card in Georgia.

What Georgia Board Offers It’s a way for people to clear their records… but it can only be distributed for five years after Any sentence has been carried out in full. And yet, it only comes into play if, during those five years, the ex-prisoner has “lived a law-abiding life.”

If Trump is convicted in Georgia, his only chance to avoid jail is buried deep in Georgia Code Title 17, which restores some authority to judges when dealing with mandatory sentences. Whether any aspect of this law applies to RICO cases such as the one Trump and company are facing is something that will take some court decisions on its own.

Of course, Republicans are already horrified at the idea that Trump could face a sentence that cannot be pardoned, and they are on the case.

Mike Davis: “Under Georgia law, there is a statute that limits a Republican governor’s ability to pardon. And I think the legislature in Georgia needs to amend that statute and give Governor Kemp the ability to pardon.

i can think A , Some? , Reason Why Governor Brian Kemp Can’t Make Pardoning Trump His Number One Priority.

However, there’s an even better reason this is unlikely to happen: The state pardon board was created via a constitutional amendment, which means it requires a two-thirds vote of both houses of the Georgia legislature, as well as a statewide vote. Vote will be required. Hand that authority back to the governor. Republicans could make a last-ditch effort to replace the board’s authority, but that would be subject to legal questions that are unlikely to be resolved before Trump is stuck with the 13th T.

Trump made the bad decision to clearly attempt to overturn votes in a county in which a district attorney was prepared to stand under the heat of his supporters for committing crimes that would subject Trump to a RICO act. One who serves the necessary jail time, and to do all this in a situation where no one can bail him out.

This is the “find out more” section of the story. It’s taking a good shape.

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