President Trump May Pardon Late Boxing Champ Muhammad Ali

President Trump floats pardoning boxing great Muhammad Ali

President Trump said he may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali

President Donald Trump said Friday he may grant a pardon to the late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who doesn't seem to need one.

The iconic sportsman - who died in 2016 at the age of 74 - was convicted of refusing to turn up for military duty in 1967 after being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War.

Ali was convicted of draft evasion and lost his heavyweight champion title in 1967. However, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor in 1971, ending his legal battle.

The discussion reportedly came up on Friday as Trump spoke with reporters at the White House prior to his trip to Canada for the G-7 summit.

Trump told reporters that he was thinking "very seriously" about pardoning him. Ali's lawyer confirmed in a statement that the boxing legend has no use for a pardon. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

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Per Jacqueline Alemany of CBS News, Trump said, "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali" when discussing potential pardons. We are looking at them. "There is no conviction for which a pardon is needed".

"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary".

He did not offer any other names, but said in response to a reporter's question that O.J. Simpson wasn't on the list.

Earlier this week, he also commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West. Last week, the president said he was considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Johnson spent 21 years in prison on those charges.

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

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