Muhammad Ali may be next on Trump's pardons list

Muhammad Ali may be next on Trump's pardons list

US President Donald Trump is considering pardoning boxing legend Muhammad Ali for his draft dodging conviction.

"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. "I'm thinking about that very seriously, and some others", Trump was quoted as saying by the Chicago Tribune.

Last week, Trump told reporters he is considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 of obstructing justice and lying to investigators about a well-timed stock sale, and commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat who was convicted in 2010 for trying to sell former US President Barack Obama's Senate seat, among other campaign finance violations.

This led to Ali's arrest and conviction, later overturned on appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump made the freakish offer regarding the iconic boxer - who died in 2016 - Friday - only to be shot down by Ali's estate soon afterwards.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter issued a "full, complete and unconditional pardon" for most who violated draft laws.

If Trump pardons Ali, it would be a symbolic move, report the Washington Post and USA Today.

CNN reported on Wednesday that the White House has assembled the paperwork to pardon dozens of people, according to two sources with knowledge of the developments.

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In his first use of that power, Trump spared a former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, the prospect of serving jail time after a conviction stemming from his use of immigration patrols that focused on Latinos. "I am thinking about Muhammad Ali". Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74.

Trump said his Pardon Attorney is already preparing the recommendation for Ali's clemency. I'm thinking about that seriously.

Muhammad Ali was found guilty of draft evasion in 1967, but his conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court four years later.

Ali is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. Just before boarding a plane in route to the Group of Seven summit in Canada, the president told a group of reporters he is considering the pardons of 3,000 people, including one legendary athlete.

Besides criticizing Trump for offering something unnecessary, Sharpton said Trump's past "anti-Muslim and Islamophobic policies and rhetoric" were an affront to Ali's religion.

He said that, "it's easier and people find it fascinating" to see him pardon the famous, but that he "would get more thrill out of pardoning people that nobody knows".

The decision to pardon her came after reality TV star Kim Kardashian-West paid a visit to the White House to plead the great-grandmother's case.

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