President Trump says he may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali

Minnie Murray
June 8, 2018

The latest potential recipient of his largesse is the late boxing icon Muhammad Ali, Trump said Friday. After his conviction, he was also stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown.

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out that conviction four years later, so it's unclear why Trump would offer a pardon to the former heavyweight and Olympic champ.

Trump tells reporters he's looking at "thousands of names" of people who could be granted clemency.

Jackson had been convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913 when it was ruled that he took a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes".

The former Cassius Clay died in 2016 at the age of 74 due to septic shock brought on by a respiratory illness.

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

And of the 3,000 applications he's considering, O.J. Simpson is not one of them, he said.

Trump has also floated a possible pardon for TV personality Martha Stewart and potentially commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted on corruption charges in 2011.

"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary", the statement said. The conviction came with a five-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine.

Mr Trump's comments follow his pardon of conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D'Souza.

In April, he issued a full pardon in April to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

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