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McKean, Thomas (1734-1817) [Response of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to a Constitutional question about fines and forfeitures].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06280 Author/Creator: McKean, Thomas (1734-1817) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph document signed Date: 9 March 1782 Pagination: 2 p. + docket 32.9 x 20.3 cm

Summary of Content: In response to Timothy Matlack's inquiry of the twentieth section of the Constitution of the State of Pennsylvania, Justice McKean gives the opinion of the justices that the chief executives ability to grant remissions of "fines" also comprehends remission of "forfeitures."

Background Information:

Full Transcript: Answer. . . . tho' the word 'fines' does not comprehend 'forfeitures'...we say a general pardon, for the President and Council may grant a conditional pardon, that is, extend their mercy upon ...what terms they please...See More

People: McKean, Thomas, 1734-1817
Pennsylvania. Supreme Court

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: State ConstitutionGovernment and CivicsLawFinance

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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