Trump to Give Posthumous Pardon to Champion Boxer Jack Johnson

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In 1913, Johnson, who was black, was convicted by an all-white jury with violating the Mann Act after transporting a white woman he was dating across state lines for "immoral purposes".

Mr Trump said: "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!". Johnson served one year in prison.

American heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson (1878-1946), is pictured along with his spouse on board a ship on this undated inventory picture.

After seven years as a fugitive following his conviction, Johnson eventually returned to the US and turned himself in.

Trump has issued three pardons: To Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of racial profiling of Latinos in his districts; to Kristian Saucier, convicted of taking photos in a nuclear submarine, thus violating secrecy; and recently for Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted for leaking the name of Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame.

The world heavyweight champion was married three times, to white women, which caused controversy at the time.

Mr McCain previously said Johnson was a "boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago". The White Home didn't say when the decision occurred, however Trump and Stallone have been acquaintances for years.

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Johnson got his start in professional boxing in the late 1890s, then rose to fame at the start of the 20th century when he became the first African-American fighter to claim the world heavyweight title in 1908.

He added: "Johnson's imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honour". He died in 1946. He was convicted, and said, "They crucified Christ". She remembers learning about Johnson when she was in sixth grade during Black History Month, and only learned later that he was kin.

The US President tweeted that he would be looking at a "full pardon" after hearing of the boxer's case through the Rocky actor.

Johnson's great-great niece, Linda Haywood, has led the charge for Johnson to receive a rare posthumous pardon, according to official reports.

"While it is unfortunate that this unjust conviction was not corrected during the boxer's lifetime, a posthumous pardon today represents the opportunity to reaffirm Jack Johnson's substantial contributions to our society and right this historical wrong", the senators wrote in a letter to Obama.

But Trump has shown a willingness to work around the DOJ process.

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