Muhammad Ali's family turn down Donald Trump's offer of a pardon

Muhammad Ali  Mark Reinstein

Muhammad Ali Mark Reinstein

With regards to future acts of clemency, Mr Trump said he may seek the recommendations of professional American football players and other athletes who have protested against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

Pardon-happy President Donald Trump is hungry for more, but his idea to posthumously pardon Muhammad Ali is awkward and confusing. He appealed that conviction to the Supreme Court, which ruled he was entitled to conscientious objector status and overturned the conviction in an 8-0 decision.

Trump's remarks come two days after he commuted the sentence Wednesday of a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses.

Trump followed that by pardoning conservative firebrand Dinesh D Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating USA campaign financing laws. "I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali", according to a pool report of the president's remarks.

Ali's lawyer released a statement saying, "We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary".

Khalilah Ali suggested a better venue for Trump's forgiveness.

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Should Trump decide to issue a pardon to Ali, it wouldn't make much a difference in terms of Ali's record as former President Jimmy Carter issued a blanket pardon to draft evaders who requested a pardon.

Pardons have been at the front of President Donald Trump's mind lately.

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, D, who was convicted in 2010 of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, among other campaign finance violations.

It was unclear why Trump would consider a pardon, given that Ali's conviction was overturned. Of the 3,000 names, many of those names really have been treated unfairly.

Among them is Ali, who died in 2016.

But does Ali need a posthumous pardon?

He did not offer any other names, but said in response to a reporter's question that OJ Simpson was not on the list. "I knew that if I have this meeting, I can't go in there and talk about all the policies that I don't agree with", she said.

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