Obama can't pardon Tom DeLay

Wednesday, February 2, 2011; 7:13 PM

I'm confused by Tom Campbell's Jan. 28 Washington Forum commentary, "Why Obama should pardon DeLay."

Mr. Campbell, a Republican lawyer in Texas, does not provide the legal basis for the president of the United States to pardon a person convicted of a state crime in a state court. I think that Tom DeLay, a strong conservative who supports the rights of states against intrusion from the federal government in state matters, would object.

I would like Mr. Campbell to expand on his thesis that the chief of the executive branch of the federal government can overturn state laws and convictions based on state law.

Seymour Samuels, Gainesville

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