Inspired by the 20,000-odd pardons given over the years by US presidents, the outgoing mayor of Nevis, Minn., invoked a little-known executive clemency privilege. Dave McCurnin, the mayor, is offering up for sale pardons for minor traffic offenses such as running a tollbooth and overstaying a parking meter.
"They're for sale at $5 each," Mr. McCurnin told the City Council in his farewell address this month.
Those who pay up will receive a frameable pardon certificate and a button. The fees will go to develop a sledding hill for the town’s kids.