Vince Sliwoski in Reason

But for people who do not meet that law’s narrow criteria, expungement would require a new act of Congress. As Harris Bricken lawyer Vince Sliwoski notes, Biden’s proclamation “doesn’t expunge the underlying convictions at issue, or clear anyone’s record.” Sliwoski adds that “in many ways” the pardon recipients “find themselves in a similar spot today as prior to October 5,” because “they are still walking around as convicted criminals of record, and will be for the foreseeable future.”