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Trump may pardon Muhammad Ali, but late boxer may not need it

10 June 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out the conviction four years later, so it's unclear why President Trump would offer a pardon to the former heavyweight and Olympic champ Muhammad Ali.

"He wasn't very popular then, he certainly is, his memory is very popular now", he said. When asked why he made the decision not to join the armed services he said, "No, I am not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over".

"And some other, and some folks that have sentences that aren't fair", Trump added.

Earlier this week, a White House official reportedly called pardons the president's new "favorite thing" to discuss and the billionaire is reportedly "obsessed" with them.

But a lawyer for his family said it was "unnecessary" as Ali was pardoned by the Supreme Court in 1971. The US supreme court overturned his conviction for resisting the draft in 1971.

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Donald Trump is on a pardoning binge, offering up clemency to everyone from Martha Stewart to Muhammad Ali.

In addition to the fact that Ali's conviction was eventually overturned, President Jimmy Carter issued a blanket pardon for draft evaders in 1977.

If Trump pardons Ali, it would be a symbolic move, report the Washington Post and USA Today.

Trump has been keen to exercise his power to pardon or commute sentences in recent weeks.

The former Cassius Clay died in 2016 at the age of 74 due to septic shock brought on by a respiratory illness. Of the 3,000 names, many of those names have been treated unfairly. The boxer refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army in 1967, claiming conscientious objector status, and was sentenced to five years in prison.

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Ali was stripped of his championship title and denied boxing licenses, and a few months later he was found guilty on draft evasion charges.

Ali's lawyer responded to Trump's consideration of posthumously pardoning him by saying it was "unnecessary". 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.

And for such future grants of presidential power, Trump said he may seek the recommendations of pro football players and other athletes who have protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

"I knew people wouldn't understand it".

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Trump may pardon Muhammad Ali, but late boxer may not need it