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Volume 77 (2024-2025)


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The Pardon Power and Federal Sentence-Reduction Motions: A Response to Yost and Flowers

by  Jaden M. Lessnick  

In his response to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and former Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers, Jaden Lessnick argues that the federal sentence-reduction statute (18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)) is not preempted by the presidential pardon power. Lessnick contends that the statute does not offend the traditional separation-of-powers principle, and preemption is not justified under the unitary executive theory.

Volume 77 (2024-2025)