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Legal Topics: Pardons

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  • Minnesota Constitution, Article 5, Sec. 7. BOARD OF PARDONS. The governor, the attorney general and the chief justice of the supreme court constitute a board of pardons. Its powers and duties shall be defined and regulated by law. The governor in conjunction with the board of pardons has power to grant reprieves and pardons after conviction for an offense against the state except in cases of impeachment.
  • Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 638, Board of Pardons, index topic Pardons, Commutation of Sentence.
  • Minnesota Rules, Chapter 6600, Board of Pardons Procedural Rules. Index topic Pardons.
  • Resources: (Print resources are available at the Law Library and in county law libraries around the state.)

  • Dunnell Minnesota Digest, Minnesota's legal encyclopedia, article on Criminal Law, section 17.13.
  • McCarr, Henry W. and Jack S. Nordby. Criminal Law and Procedure, 4th ed. (West, 2012) Reference Desk KFM5480 .M53 2012. Section 42.18.
  • Related Topics: Background Checks; Collateral Consequences of Felony Conviction; Expungement.


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