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Clint Lorance Making New Law: Acceptance of Pardon does not Constitute Admission of Guilt

Last week the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a lengthy opinion in Clint Lorance v. Commandant, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, reversing the decision made by the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas dismissing Clint Lorance's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. The District Court had ruled that habeas corpus relief was unavailable to Lorance because his acceptance of a Presidential Pardon issued by President Trump in November 2019 amounted to an admission of guilt. Maher Legal Services appealed on behalf of Lorance, and this week adopted our position that the true reason for the Pardon was -- in the President's own words -- Lorance got a "raw deal" and was not in fact guilty of murder. See the attached article for more detail. Ex-soldier's acceptance of Trump pardon didn't constitute confession of guilt, court rules | Reuters


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