DOCKET NO.: 24
DECIDED BY: Taft Court (1925-1930)
ARGUED: Dec 01, 1924
DECIDED: Mar 02, 1925
Facts of the case
In 1920, legal action was taken against Philip Grossman for selling liquor at his place of business in violation of the National Prohibition Act. He violated a federal court injunction by continuing to sell alcoholic beverages. He was found guilty of criminal contempt of court and sentenced to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge issued a pardon that reduced Grossman’s sentence to payment of the fine.
Did the president have the constitutional authority to commute a sentence for criminal contempt of court?