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Trump says he's considering pardon for Muhammad Ali

08 June 2018, 08:17 | Anna Jefferson

President Donald Trump said Friday he may grant a posthumous pardon to heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, adding to the list of high-profile celebrity pardons the president is openly considering.

Speaking as he left the White House for a world leaders' summit in Canada, Trump also that he's considering thousands of additional pardons, including one for the boxing great.

Ali was convicted in 1967 of draft evasion. "Many of those names have been treated unfairly". Trump reportedly said football players have "seen a lot of abuse" as well as "a lot of unfairness" and he wants their input. Ali was born Cassius Clay, and changed his name after converting to Islam in the 1960s.

"We heard what he was contemplating and it needed a response", he said.

The president says he is considering as many as 3,000 pardons, according to Fox News, adding that the pardoning power is "a lovely thing".




Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favour, reversing his conviction on a technicality. Even if that had never happened, Ali would have been covered by the blanket pardon Jimmy Carter issued to those who evaded the draft. Jack Johnson's pardon came at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone, and Alice Marie Johnson's commutation came after an Oval Office meeting with reality television star Kim Kardashian.

In a statement, Ali's attorney, Ron Tweel, said that although he appreciated "President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary".

It was unclear why Trump would consider a pardon, given that Ali's conviction was overturned. Johnson spent 21 years in prison on those charges.

Mr Trump's comments follow his pardon of conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D'Souza.



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