Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Muhammad Ali's lawyer responds to Trump: 'A pardon is unnecessary'

Muhammad Ali's lawyer responds to Trump: 'A pardon is unnecessary'

Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a meeting with in Canada with USA allies that his team was “looking at literally thousands of names” of people for potential pardons because they were treated unfairly or their sentences are too long. He eventually appealed his conviction, and the US Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1971 in a unanimous ruling that found the Department of Justice had improperly told the draft board that Ali's stance wasn't motivated by his Muslim religious beliefs.

Just like everyone else, Muhammad Ali's ex-wife thinks there's no reason for Donald Trump to pardon the late boxer Muhammad Ali. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971.

"I'm thinking about Mohammed Ali, and some others, and some folks that have sentences that are unfair", Trump said, saying his administration is preparing recommendations for that pardon right now.

"My conscience won't let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America", Ali said at the time.

The famous boxer refused to be drafted into the service for the Vietnam War citing his Islamic faith and publicly opposed the war.

"If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to draft me, I'd join tomorrow".

Responding to a question about the First Lady, Trump said, "The First Lady is great!"

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Earlier this week, he commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by reality television star Kim Kardashian West.

Trump clearly pleased with the publicity he's gained with his recent celebrity pardons, made a point this morning of informing reporters he's got more up his sleeve. Trump suggested Friday that he's also looking at using his constitutional clemency power for more people like her.

"The power to pardon is a attractive thing", he added.

Donald Trump is on a pardoning binge, offering up clemency to everyone from Martha Stewart to Muhammad Ali. The White House announced it had pardoned Johnson later Wednesday.

"We have a world to run", Trump said. Ali hasn't needed a pardon for fifty years, and even if he did, we can't imagine he'd want one from Trump.

"President Trump has spent much of his first 18 months in office degrading National Football League players who protest police brutality and racial injustice".

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