Lawyer for Muhammad Ali says no pardon necessary from President Trump
President Donald Trump floated the idea of pardoning Muhammad Ali in a statement to reporters on Friday morning.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali, but an attorney for Ali says a pardon is not necessary.
Ali was convicted in 1967 of draft evasion during the Vietnam War. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971.
Trump floated the possibility of a pardon while speaking to reporters at the White House before departing for the Group of 7 summit.
"I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali. I'm thinking about that very seriously and some others," he said.
But soon after the comments, Muhammad Ali's lawyer, Ron Tweel, released a statement saying a pardon is unnecessary.
“We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary. The U.S Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971. There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed.”
It has been widely reported that the White House has assembled the paperwork to pardon dozens of people. Last week, the president said he was considering pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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