Trump Weighing a Pardon for This Man

Trump considering pardon of late boxing champ Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is considering granting a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson on the advice of actor Sylvester Stallone.

In 1913, Johnson was convicted of taking his white girlfriend across state lines.

Despite refusals by some of that era's top boxers to even consider joining him in the ring, Johnson went down in history for his 1910 bout with former undefeated heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries - a match later called "the fight of the century" that made "a black man. the undisputed champion of the world".

He said Stallone called him to share Johnson's story, adding that the boxer's "trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial".

Could Jack Johnson receive a presidential pardon more than 70 years after his death?

He was convicted under the Mann Act, a law that was meant to prevent human trafficking and protect women against prostitution, but its critics say the law was used in racially motivated prosecutions of African-Americans and to punish political dissidents.

"Back then, if you were black and you were told that you did something wrong, you really had no recourse", Johnson's great-niece, Linda Haywood, once told CNN.

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As the Ken Burns documentary, Unforgivable Blackness, noted, "For more than 13 years, Jack Johnson was the most famous, and the most notorious, African-American on Earth".

Advocates, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), have petitioned the Justice Department to move forward with a pardon for Johnson for years. He managed to escape and flee to Europe (like Roman Polanski, but for a much like horrifying crime), before returning to America in 1920 to face the music and serve his sentence in prison.

Mr McCain previously said Johnson was a "boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago". He died in 1946 in an auto crash.

"Jack Johnson is a boxing and pioneer whose reputation was wrongly tarnished by a racially motivated conviction more than a century ago,"McCain said past year".

A relative of Jack Johnson has also been leading an effort to get Trump to grant a pardon, the Associated Press reported. This year, McCain; Sen. Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the U.S. Neutrality Acts in 1949. Cory Booker joined the group in March 2017.

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