Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lawyer for Muhammad Ali says no pardon necessary from President Trump

Lawyer for Muhammad Ali says no pardon necessary from President Trump

But the boxer's lawyer said a pardon is "unnecessary" because Ali's conviction was already overturned by America's top court.

Trump's musing about an Ali pardon was blasted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who accused the president of "nothing more than grandstanding".

Ali, who died in 2016, was convicted in 1967 for refusing to report for induction into the us military during the Vietnam War.

In June 1967, Ali was convicted in federal court for violating selective service laws refusing the Vietnam War draft.

However, the 1960 Olympics silver medallist appealed against his conviction, and the US Supreme Court handed a unanimous verdict in his favour in 1971. Ali died in 2016. "There is no conviction from which a pardon is necessary".

This news comes on the heels of the president commuting the prison sentence of Alice Marie Johnson on Wednesday.

Tweel, reached by telephone at his home in Virginia, said the White House had not contacted him or Lonnie Ali about a potential pardon. "(Simpson)", he said. "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali". I understand that. I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated. Throwing out ideas for who he could pardon next, Trump at first teased reporters, saying he was thinking about pardoning somebody that people knew about and who was not popular at one time.

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A lawyer for Ali's family, Ron Tweel, said while Trump's gesture was appreciated, "a pardon is unnecessary", given that the sentence was overturned.

In his first use of that power, Trump spared a former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, the prospect of serving jail time after a conviction stemming from his use of immigration patrols that focused on Latinos.

Notably, Trump has also said that John McCain, former presidential nominee and senator who was a prisoner of war during Vietnam, was "not a war hero," because,"I like people who weren't captured". The president pardoned the late boxing great Jack Johnson last month.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter, on his first day in office, issued a blanket pardon for all of the hundreds of thousands of USA men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War.

"The power to pardon is a lovely thing", Trump said Friday on his way out the door at the White House.

Apparently Trump wishes to pardon an African-American athlete who reportedly refused to go to the draft due to his frustration with racism in America. "I want to do people who are unfairly treated like an Alice".

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