Trump says he may pardon late boxing great Muhammad Ali

Heather Diaz
June 8, 2018

President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering posthumously pardoning boxer Muhammad Ali, who was convicted in the 1960s after refusing military service in Vietnam. Ali remained free while he appealed the conviction, but he was stripped of his world heavyweight title and his boxing license.

Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, however, when the Supreme Court reversed the conviction 8-0, so a presidential pardon might be superfluous.

Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a meeting with in Canada with US allies that his team was "looking at literally thousands of names" of people for potential pardons because they were treated unfairly or their sentences are too long. "His memory is very popular now, I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali". Kim Kardashian visited the White House last week to ask Trump to consider pardoning Johnson. On Wednesday, CNN reported that the White House was preparing paperwork for at least 30 new pardons, which included a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother serving a life-sentence in prison for a non-violent drug crime. And he wasn't very popular then.

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In May, Trump also posthumously pardoned former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson.

The president has recently mooted pardons for lifestyle personality Martha Stewart and former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.

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