President considers Ali pardon; late boxer's lawyer says no need

Washington DC. Trump is traveling to Canada to attend the G7 summit before heading to Singapore on Saturday for a planned U.S.-North Korea summit

Washington DC. Trump is traveling to Canada to attend the G7 summit before heading to Singapore on Saturday for a planned U.S.-North Korea summit

Last month, Trump posthumously granted clemency another boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight champion who was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was convicted in 1967 of dodging the US draft during the War in Vietnam. Ali visited the families of American and Vietnamese servicemen still missing from the war, almost three decades after he was convicted of draft evasion for refusing to fight on the battlefields.

A pardon of Ali would be purely symbolic: The Supreme Court overturned the conviction in a unanimous decision in 1971. Earlier this week, he commuted the sentence of 63-year-old grandmother Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.

"We have 3000 names. many of those names have been treated unfairly", he said. I'm thinking about that very seriously. He died in 2016 after a battle with Parkinson's disease.

Trump also said he was thinking about granting clemency to "some others", adding that he has a list of 3,000 potential names.

"The power to pardon", said Trump, "is a attractive thing".

But there are limits to who Trump will consider and at least one one person Trump most certainly is not thinking about pardoning. The president has recently mooted pardons for lifestyle personality Martha Stewart and former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.

A pardon does not technically erase a conviction; it is an expression of forgiveness from the president that, in most cases, serves to undo the punishment and help the recipient of the pardon restore rights, such as the right to vote.

The boxer's politics and the reason for his original conviction seem inconsistent with Trump's positions on protests and patriotism. "And some others and some folks who have sentences that aren t fair", Trump told reporters at the White House before heading to Canada for the G7 summit. "I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me - because that's what they're protesting - people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system", he said. "You won't even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs, and you want me to go somewhere and fight, but you won't even stand up for me here at home".

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

At the time, Ali had told reporters that he "ain't got no quarrel with them Vietcong".

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