Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump floats pardoning Muhammad Ali. Boxer’s lawyer says no thanks

Trump floats pardoning Muhammad Ali. Boxer’s lawyer says no thanks

President Donald Trump said Friday he was thinking "very seriously" about pardoning the late boxing champion Muhammed Ali, who refused to be inducted into the army during the Vietnam War and whose conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971.

His decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction, and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown in 1967. Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.

The discussion reportedly came up on Friday as Trump spoke with reporters at the White House prior to his trip to Canada for the G-7 summit. According to the Chicago Tribune, Trump said that "instead of talk", he will ask protesting players to suggest "people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system".

It was not immediately clear why Ali would need a pardon because he has no criminal record.

Ali died just over two years ago at the age of 74. "We're looking at them", Trump said.

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He said he has a list of 3,000 potential names who are being considered for clemency.

Last week, Trump told reporters he was considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

"The power to pardon is a handsome thing", Trump told reporters.

Earlier this week, Trump issued a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a Tennessee grandmother convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine. In March, he pardoned a U.S. Navy sailor who served a year in federal prison after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.

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

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