President Donald Trump recently issued a number of federal pardons, including to former Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich, raising questions about clemency power and how it can be used on the federal and state levels. WGBH News’ Morning Edition host Joe Mathieu spoke with Northeastern University law professor and WGBH News legal analyst Daniel Medwed about how clemency works in Massachusetts specifically. The transcript below has been edited for clarity.

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