Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Trump floats posthumous pardon for Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking Liston down during their heavyweight championship bout in Lewiston Maine Trump floats posthumous pardon for Muhammad Ali
Patty Aguilar | 10 June, 2018, 18:06

U.S. president Donald Trump has said he is thinking "very seriously" about pardoning Muhammad Ali - even though the USA supreme court vacated the boxing champion's conviction in 1971.

Ali, who died on June 3, 2016, refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector.

"I am thinking about Muhammad Ali", said Trump, adding that he was "looking at literally thousands of names" in regards to potential pardons from his administration.

The Supreme Court chose to overturn Ali's conviction in the early 1970s in the decision Clay v.

The president, speaking to newsmen before he departed for a Group of Seven summit in Canada, also said he will reach out to National Football League players who have been urging criminal justice reforms for their recommendations of people who have been treated unfairly. He said he wants the athletes to tell him who they think has been treated unfairly by the justice system and he would consider pardoning them. "I'm thinking about Muhammed Ali", Trump said to assembled reporters before departing.

"No, I'm not thinking about pardoning OJ", Trump said.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about why the president feels one is needed. "We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda", Ali said.

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Although Trump's statement about being treated unfairly was true, his willingness to pardon something that isn't there is not. Johnson was convicted in 1913 for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for "immoral purposes" in violation of the Mann Act. Last week, Kardashian met with Trump to seek a pardon for the mother of five.

Asked if he will pardon former campaign aides such as Paul Manafort, indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said, "They haven't been convicted of anything".

Ali was convicted of draft evasion and lost his heavyweight champion title in 1967.

Trump has wielded his presidential pardon powers recently in ways that appear meant to dramatize his own complaints of being the victim of a "witch hunt" by U.S. prosecutors.

Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted using a law originally meant to crack down on human trafficking and prostitution.

"I knew people wouldn't understand it".

Johnson, who served nearly 22 years in federal prison for a first-time criminal offense, was pardoned this week.

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