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Ex parte Grossman

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Philip Grossman


District of Illinois

Petitioner's Claim

That the president's pardon covers all offenses in the case of the petitioner, and the courts may not convict the petitioner of crimes that have been pardoned.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Louis J. Behan

Chief Lawyers for Respondent

Amos C. Miller, F. Bruce Johnstone

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, Pierce Butler, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph McKenna, James Clark McReynolds, Edward Terry Sanford, George Sutherland, William Howard Taft (writing for the Court), Willis Van Devanter

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

2 March 1925


The Supreme Court ruled that the president could pardon all offenses except in cases of impeachment.

Further Readings

  • Berkman, Harvey. "Will the President Pardon His Friends." National Law Journal, Vol. 19, no. 10, November 4, 1996. Hurwitz, Howard L. An Encyclopedic Dictionary of American History New York: Washington Square Press, 1974.
  • Robbins, James S. "Pardon Me, Mr. President." Washington Times, January 2, 1997.

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