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Sylvester Stallone weighs in over pardon for the Galveston Giant

23 April 2018

Chastised for his relationships - each of his three wives were white - Johnson was found guilty in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, a law which prevented the transport of women across state lines for an "immoral objective". "Others have checked out this through the years, most thought it could be carried out, however sure, I'm contemplating a Full Pardon!" He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921.

He died in a vehicle wreck in 1946.

Johnson returned to the U.S.in 1920 to serve his sentence and was released almost one year later.

If pardoned, Johnson would join former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of racially profiling Latinos; Kristian Saucier, a sailor convicted of taking photos in a restricted area of a submarine; and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a Bush aide convicted of leaking the name of a Central Intelligence Agency agent, as a recipient of a Trump pardon. The 1910 victory made Johnson the undisputed champion, but also prompted race riots and run-ins with the law that would eventually see him put behind bars.

McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson "was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago". The White House did not say when the call occurred, but Trump and Stallone have been acquaintances for years.

"Johnson's imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honor", McCain said earlier this month. He was convicted, and said, "They crucified Christ".

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She said her family never talked about the champ. Her mother also claimed she was insane.

Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented.

"Jack Johnson is a boxing and pioneer whose reputation was wrongly tarnished by a racially motivated conviction more than a century ago,"McCain said a year ago". Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the U.S. Neutrality Acts in 1949.

"While it is unfortunate that this unjust conviction was not corrected during the boxer's lifetime, a posthumous pardon today represents the opportunity to reaffirm Jack Johnson's substantial contributions to our society and right this historical wrong", the senators wrote in a letter to Obama.

The Justice Department makes decisions on potential pardons through an application process and typically makes recommendations to the president.

But Trump has shown a willingness to work around the DOJ process.

Sylvester Stallone weighs in over pardon for the Galveston Giant