Pres. Trump says he is considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson
- Author: Jon Douglas Apr 23, 2018,
Apr 23, 2018, 5:37
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (AP) - President Donald Trump says he's considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. Four years later, he was arrested for violating the Mann Act, which disallowed someone from transporting a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes".
Donald Trump is considering a posthumous pardon for the boxer Jack Johnson after a call from his friend Sylvester Stallone. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump wrote.
Could Jack Johnson receive a presidential pardon more than 70 years after his death? He was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, created to prevent prostitution and "immorality" but often exploited to intimidate interracial couples.
After his release, Johnson reportedly continued fighting well into his sixties but was killed in a vehicle crash in 1946 at the age of 68. A 2004 Ken Burns documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, was acclaimed.
Linda E. Haywood, Johnson's great-great niece said the Justice Department policy said at the time "processing posthumous pardon petitions is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on the pardon and commutation requests of living persons". Years later, he agreed to come back to serve a 10-month sentence. The sentence and imprisonment destroyed the boxing career of the "Galveston Giant". He died in 1946. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had also called for a pardon. This year, McCain; Sen.
Johnson's family sought out the first Black President in hopes that he would be the one to pardon Johnson posthumously and tried to submit the paper work for procession.
Advocates for Johnson have long pushed for a posthumous pardon, including USA officials like Sen.
"Jack Johnson is a boxing and pioneer whose reputation was wrongly tarnished by a racially motivated conviction more than a century ago,"McCain said previous year".
"Despite this resolution passing both chambers of Congress several times in recent years, no pardon has been issued to date", McCain said in a statement at the time.
In 2016, the two senators, joined by Reps. "I hope President Trump will seize the chance earlier than him to proper this historic flawed and restore a terrific athlete's legacy".