Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

At Sylvester Stallone's urging, Trump weighs 'full pardon' for boxer Jack Johnson

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Jeannette Daniel | 23 April, 2018, 21:54

Peter King and Gregory Meeks - petitioned President Barack Obama for a pardon in honor of the 70th anniversary of Johnson's death. Sen.

Trump, spurred by a phone call from Sylvester Stallone, tweeted Saturday that he's thinking about posthumously pardoning the trailblazing fighter.

"His trials and tribulations were awesome, his own life contentious", he even also tweeted.

Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE said Saturday he's considering a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson at the urging of actor Sylvester Stallone.

He was charged with transporting a white woman across state lines for "immoral purposes".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been calling for a pardon for Johnson since 2004, and criticized President Obama for leaving office in 2017 without having granted one.

In 1908, Johnson was the first African American to win the heavyweight championship. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) The US boxer Jack Johnson, (1878 - 1946), training. Johnson fled the country after his conviction, but he agreed years later to return and serve a 10-month jail sentence. This comes shortly after the president issued a pardon for Scooter Libby - the former Dick Cheney official who was convicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007.


His fight with James Jeffries in 1910 is widely regarded as the "Fight of the Century".

Once, she recalled, she asked her mother about Johnson. The authorities then found another white witness, Belle Schreiber, how testified against Johnson.

The House and Senate previously passed resolutions to posthumously pardon Johnson, but no president has granted the pardon.

Since the turn of the century, a campaign for a posthumous pardon has gathered pace.

If he's pardoned by the president, it'll be the first time it's ever been done to someone who's already dead. Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the U.S. Neutrality Acts in 1949.

Johnson's niece has pushed Trump to get a pardon.

Discussion of a presidential pardon has come up in the past - but nothing ever materialized.

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