(The reason, many believe, can be traced back to a 17th-century case in which Britain’s Parliament started impeachment proceedings to investigate whether the Earl of Danby had taken a bribe from the French. editor of the blog Pardon. In the current American context, however, the turkey pardon is a distasteful parody of the strange. starting with the guillotine in the French Revolution (perhaps the most vivid, if short-lived, instance of…