President Trump weighs unnecessary pardon of Muhammad Ali

10 June, 2018, 18:06 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking Liston down during their heavyweight championship bout in Lewiston Maine

But while controversial, Ali s resistance on grounds of conscience made him a hero to many during a highly polarized period marked by struggles over racial inequality and rising opposition to the USA role in the Vietnam War.

"If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to draft me, I'd join tomorrow". "And shoot them for what?"

"What I'm going to do is I'm going to say to them, instead of talk - it's all talk, talk, talk ..."

A majority of the justices initially indicated they would affirm the conviction, but the justice assigned to write the opinion, John Marshall Harlan, reportedly changed his mind after law clerks said Nation of Islam texts indicated a holy war was abstract and dependent on future events unlikely to occur. "Just take me to jail". He was 74 years old. He repeatedly refused to step forward when his name was called-despite being warned by an officer that he was committing a felony offense that was punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Ali won a gold medal in boxing at the 1960 Olympics.

Former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali signs for the pupils in the 1st Experimental Elementary School of Beijing on February 25, 1993 when he is invited as a guest for the Beijing International Boxing Champions Meet.

He was stripped of his heavyweight championship titles and boxing licenses, and convicted of draft evasion. The Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction in 1971. He has posted on Instagram a photo of himself meeting Ali at a past event. Ali once presented Trump with a humanitarian award in 2007, but later opposed Trump's proposed Muslim ban.

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I am proud to be able to present this to Colin for his passionate defense of social justice and civil rights for all people.

Even as his health declined, Ali did not shy from politics - or from criticizing Trump.

Ali did not serve any prison time.

It was unclear why Trump would consider a pardon, given that Ali's conviction was overturned. So, as Khalilah Ali pointed out, "There's no necessary need for a pardon".

Trump recently granted a posthumous pardon to the first African American heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, who was convicted in 1913 of violating a law that made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary", attorney Ron Tweel told local news station WHAS 11.

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

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