At Sylvester Stallone's urging, Trump weighs 'full pardon' for boxer Jack Johnson

Trump considering pardon of late boxing champ Jack Johnson

Trump considering pardon of late boxing champ Jack Johnson

On Saturday, President Donald Trump said he was weighing whether or not to grant a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson, after it was suggested to him by actor Sylvester Stallone.

This week, movie star #Sylvester Stallone, who is best known for playing the lead role in the "Rocky" series of boxing films, called up US President Donald Trump and asked him to consider pardoning Johnson for his crimes.

"His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump wrote from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. A search was launched for a "Great White Hope" who could beat him in the ring, but in vain.

In 1912, he was arrested for violating the Mann Act, which outlawed the transportation of women across state lines for "immoral purposes". The Mann Act purported to prevent human trafficking for the objective of prostitution, but critics have argued it was applied inconsistently to criminalize African Americans and those with dissenting political views. He died in 1946.

It may have taken decades but it might finally be coming.

The boxer served almost a year in jail, which destroyed his career.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been calling to get a pardon for Johnson since 2004, and criticized President Obama for departing office at 2017 without needing granted you. Contemplating the all-white jury, the boxer told his lawyer: "Eleven of those men are for life conviction, and the other is for hanging before hearing the evidence".

So far, Trump has pardoned three people during his presidency, including former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and, most recently, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Nicknamed "the Galveston Giant", Johnson was the son of former slaves and the third of nine children. Johnson skipped bail and fled the country, living in exile, before ultimately surrendering and returning to serve his one-year sentence.

Haywood said she didn't find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12.

Trump is considering a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson.

If he's pardoned by the president, it'll be the first time it's ever been done to someone who's already dead.

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