Trump Considers Pardon of Boxing Legend Ali

11 June, 2018, 08:26 | Author: Carlos George
  • Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

Cassius Clay, who changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam, refused to be drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, maintaining that he was a conscientious objector and famously proclaiming that he "ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong". Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West personally appealed to Trump to pardon the 63-year-old grandmother.

"If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to drafted me, I'd join tomorrow". I'm thinking about that seriously. Ali died in 2016.

Mr Trump made the comments to reporters at the White House before he left for the G7 summit in Canada.

The problem? Ali, who was also an activist and philanthropist, has no criminal record to pardon.

Jeffrey Couch, a law professor at American University and the author of a book on presidential pardons, questioned why Trump was undertaking the legal project now.

Last week, Trump told reporters he is considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 of obstructing justice and lying to investigators about a well-timed stock sale, and commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, D, who was convicted in 2010 of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, among other campaign finance violations.

Since being in office, Trump has granted five pardons and commuted one sentence.

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On the heels of the recent commutation and release of convicted drug offender Alice Marie Johnson, President Trump is now considering a posthumous pardon for boxing legend and humanitarian Muhammad Ali.

Trump has reportedly become increasingly "obsessed" with pardons and enjoys talking about potential pardons with aides, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Last week, Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.

However, to be pardoned, you need to have been convicted of a crime.

It's awkward because it would create an uncomfortable comparison - Ali's conviction in his boxing prime for taking a moral stand against the draft contrasts with the multiple deferments, including one for heel spurs, that Trump received. "I'm thinking about that very seriously, and some others".

On Friday morning, after Trump mentioned his interest in pardoning Ali, Ali's lawyer Ron Tweel responded with some pertinent information that the president may have been missing.

If Trump pardons Ali, it would be his second act of clemency for a deceased professional boxer.

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