While US President Donald Trump has said he may pardon boxing legend Muhammad Ali posthumously for a draft-dodging conviction, the late boxer’s attorney responds that the pardon would be “unnecessary,” as back in 1971 The US Supreme Court had already overturned the conviction.
“We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary,” Ali’s lawyer Ron Tweel said in a statement Friday.
“The US Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971,” he explained.
“There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed.”
Tweel told CNN that there was no contact whatsoever between anyone in the Trump administration and members of the Ali family about the issue.
Ali was arrested in 1967 when he refused to be drafted into the US military during the Vietnam War and was sentenced to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison.
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