Biddle v. Perovich

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Biddle v. Perovich
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued May 2, 1927
Decided May 31, 1927
Full case nameBiddle, Warden v. Perovich
Citations274 U.S. 480 (more)
47 S. Ct. 664; 71 L. Ed. 1161; 1927 U.S. LEXIS 45; 52 A.L.R. 832
Court membership
Chief Justice
William H. Taft
Associate Justices
Oliver W. Holmes Jr. · Willis Van Devanter
James C. McReynolds · Louis Brandeis
George Sutherland · Pierce Butler
Edward T. Sanford · Harlan F. Stone
Case opinion
MajorityHolmes, joined by Van Devanter, McReynolds, Brandeis, Sutherland, Butler, Sanford, Stone
Taft took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

Biddle v. Perovich, 274 U.S. 480 (1927), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that under his power "to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States" (Article II, Section 2), the President may commute a sentence of death to life imprisonment without the convict's consent. Burdick v. United States, 236 U.S. 79, limited page 274 U.S. 486. Response to a certificate of questions from the circuit court of appeals, arising upon review of a judgment of the district court in habeas corpus discharging Perovich from the Leavenworth Penitentiary.

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