Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Muhammad Ali's lawyer responds to President Trump's pardon offer

Muhammad Ali's lawyer responds to President Trump's pardon offer

President Donald Trump said Friday he may pardon the late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who doesn't seem to need one. Ali visited the families of American and Vietnamese servicemen still missing from the war, almost three decades after he was convicted of draft evasion for refusing to fight on the battlefields.

However his conviction was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court and a blanket pardon was given to all draft dodgers by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and boxer Jack Johnson most recently, conservative author Dinesh D'Souza.

"He wasn't very popular then, certainly his memory is popular now", Trump said.

An earlier statement issued by Mr Tweel said while the Ali family appreciate President Trump's sentiment, a pardon is unnecessary. Last week, Kardashian met with Trump to seek a pardon for the mother of five. I thought Alice yesterday was attractive. Although Trump is reportedly very into pardoning now, especially for celebrities and those with celebrity champions, naming Ali raised eyebrows.

The president has said he is considering commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years in prison for corruption, and pardoning celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart, who served about five months on charges connected to an insider trading case.

In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction in a unanimous decision, accepting Ali's argument that he should be excused on religious grounds.

Trump told reporters that he was thinking "very seriously" about pardoning him. "And some others and some folks who have sentences that aren t fair", Trump told reporters at the White House before heading to Canada for the G7 summit. But the pardons are a very positive thing for a president. "There is no conviction for which a pardon is needed". Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74.

He also said that he is open to hearing recommendations from NFL players and other athletes, arguing it was a better outlet for their concerns about racial injustice than taking a knee when the national anthem is played.

"I think the pardon should go to those who kneel, that's who should get the pardons, that would be putting it in the right perspective, in the right place", she explained.

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

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