Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump considering pardon of late boxing champ Jack Johnson

Trump considering pardon of late boxing champ Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump on Saturday announced on Twitter that he is considering granting a posthumous pardon to the late boxing legend Jack Johnson after speaking with actor and filmmaker Sylvester Stallone. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

Before, that Mr. Trump pardoned Kristian Mark Saucier, a military member convicted of unauthorized retention of defense information. Harry Reid (D-NV) pushed then-President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson in 2016 on the 70th anniversary of his death.

Johnson was the first African-American heavyweight champion and was imprisoned on charges for a crime that many believe were racially motivated.

Despite his celebrity, he was convicted of violating the Mann Act by transporting a woman across state lines "for immoral purposes" while he had relationships with white prostitutes, according to The Undefeated website. The Mann Act was created to help combat sex trafficking.

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Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted by an all-white jury in Chicago in 1913 of violating the Jim Crow-era White-Slave Traffic Act, that was meant to prevent and punish human trafficking and was used on Johnson for traveling with a white woman.

Jackson fled the country to escape prison but returned in 1920 to serve his sentence, spending ten months in prison. Johnson defeated Jeffries to keep his title as the undisputed champion of the world.

In 2017, the Telegraph said he was the third-best boxer of all-time.

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