Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Trump Reviewing 3000 Pardons, Including Muhammad Ali But Not O.J. Simpson

Muhammed Ali at a news conference in 1972 Muhammed Ali at a news conference in 1972
Melinda Barton | 10 June, 2018, 18:06

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said he is thinking "very seriously" about pardoning the late Muhammad Ali, an act of clemency that the boxer's lawyer says is unnecessary because the Supreme Court overturned the heavyweight champion's conviction in 1971.

Mr Trump said that "instead of talk", he is going to ask protesting players to suggest "people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system". He added, "The pardons are a very positive things for a president".

A spokesman for Ali thanked Trump but said a pardon isn't necessary.

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

CNN reported on Wednesday that the White House has assembled the paperwork to pardon dozens of people, according to two sources with knowledge of the developments.

An Olympic champion may be the next pardon United States President Donald Trump considers. "I am thinking about Muhammad Ali".

It is not a stretch to see a direct line between Ali's activism and that of people like Colin Kaepernick, who did not face prosecution but has certainly faced consequences for his decision to kneel during the National Anthem before NFL games. "I want to do people who are unfairly treated like Alice [Marie Johnson]".

"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary", Tweel wrote in a statement shortly after Trump's remarks prior to boarding Air Force One on a flight to Canada for a G7 summit.

Analysts believe Trump's newfound enthusiasm for exercising pardoning power is because it's a presidential privilege unchecked by other branches of government, which can not be said of most of Trump's other policies.

Trump has used his clemency powers to pardon or commute sentences in a string of high-profile cases recently.

Ali is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Ali's legal fight ended in 1971, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor, reversing his conviction on a technicality.

Yet Trump's suggestion that professional athletes help him identify cases only seemed to fuel concerns that those without star advocates will be ignored.

The 63-year old grandmother had already served 21 years of a life sentence after being convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine.