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Amnesty
A pardon extended to a group or class of individuals by the government, usually before any trial or conviction. Amnesties often follow wars -- for example, the amnesty granted to Confederate officials and soldiers after the Civil War or to those who violated the Selective Service Act by evading the draft during the Vietnam War.
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