Why President Trump can't pardon Patriots owner Robert Kraft

John Tomase
February 23, 2019 - 10:02 am

Patriots owner Robert Kraft will undoubtedly mount a vigorous defense against charges that he solicited a prostitute at a Florida strip mall day spa, but one avenue that's closed to him is an official presidential pardon.

Kraft is a long-time supporter of President Donald Trump, but the 45th commander-in-chief cannot help him in this case. Noted sports legal scholar Michael McCann explains why as part of a lengthy column at SI.com:

Some might wonder if Kraft could hope for assistance from President Trump, especially after the president said that he was "very surprised to see [the charges]." Under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the president has the pardon power. It allows the president the "power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment." This pardon power, however, is limited to federal crimes, not state crimes. Kraft is charged under Florida law.

While it's likely that Trump will support his friend, there's nothing he can do about the charges.


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