WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump mentioned he could quickly difficulty a posthumous pardon to boxing champ Muhammad Ali.
“He was, look, he was not very popular then; certainly his memory is popular now,” Trump mentioned.
Ali’s lawyer was fast to thank the president however also stated that a pardon is “unnecessary.”
“the United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971,” Ali’s lawyer, Ron Tweel, mentioned in an assertion. “There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed.”
In 1967, Ali was convicted for refusing to report to the United States army for the Vietnam War – a resolution US Supreme Court overturned 4 years later.
Ali handed away in 2016.
Trump’s remarks come two days after he commuted the sentence Wednesday of a 63-year-previous girl serving a life sentence for drug offenses.
Alice Marie Johnson has spent the final 20 years behind bars and isn’t eligible for parole.
The resolution to pardon her got here after actuality TV star Kim Kardashian-West paid a go to to the White House to plead the good-grandmother’s case.
The commutation, which is completely different than a pardon, places a renewed concentrate on the Trump administration’s push for jail and sentencing reform.
The commander in chief says he’s now pardons for “people that are unfairly treated, like Alice.”