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Muhammad Ali family lawyer to Trump: thanks, but no pardon needed

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump speaks at the start of an Iftar dinner at the White House in Washington

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the start of an Iftar dinner at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

By Doina Chiacu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s comment on Friday that he might pardon boxing legend Muhammad Ali drew a prompt response from the late heavyweight champion’s estate: thanks but no thanks.

“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,” said Ron Tweel, a lawyer for the boxer’s estate and his widow, Lonnie.

Before leaving to attend the Group of Seven summit in Canada, Trump told reporters he was considering pardoning some 3,000 people, including Ali, who died in 2016.

“I’m thinking about somebody that you all know very well, and he went through a lot and he wasn’t very popular then,” Trump said. “His memory is very popular now. I’m thinking about Muhammad Ali. I’m thinking about that very seriously.”

The boxer refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army in 1967 during the Vietnam War, claiming conscientious objector status, and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was never imprisoned while his case was under appeal and in 1971 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction.

Tweel, reached by telephone at his home in Virginia, said the White House had not contacted him or Lonnie Ali about a potential pardon. He said he had been in contact with the widow after Trump’s comments and they decided to issue a statement on behalf of the family.

“We heard what he was contemplating and it needed a response,” he said.

It was unclear why Trump would consider a pardon, given that Ali’s conviction was overturned. The White House did not immediately comment on the lawyer’s statement.

Trump said many of the 3,000 people he was considering for pardons were treated unfairly or given unfairly long sentences.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Susan Heavey and Jim Oliphant; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

 

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  1. There is just one God of righteousness, as an example of perfection, the Lord Jesus died for our sins, to start his doctrine with everything new in this world system. The Lord will turn his face to those whom are worthy of repentance. to forgive their sins, and he will gave us the hope of salvation.
    Of course we are subject of our nations rules, as the biblical doctrine is leading us. but God will be mercy with those who are merciful.
    So may Donald is doing well pardoning to those who have had offended him.
    So as in ancient times when Daniel 8: revealed his visions, he saw four beast coming from the sea, at the time of the captivity of Babylon, by understandings Babylon was considered as the third beast aster Egypt and Assyrians, Daniel prophesied the future when he saw in his visions the four beasts, which added to the prior 3 beast are total seven beasts.the king of Persia (been the first of the 4) took out the power of Babylon, and the Greek kingdom at first of Gentiles (the second of the 4) with Alexander the Great took the power of Darius of Persia. but after Alexander’s short life, left the kingdom to those Gentiles Romans so the Roman empire (was the third of the 4) proclamation as empire with the Caesars kings and a tetrarcha system and after they fell the Roman church was the only power which took a crown with the name of Pope. But Daniel was specific when he describe the lasts beasts that were with seven heads (which in John says are the meaning of each kingdom) and ten horns ( which represented the power of ten nations)..From the ten horns were puked off three horns, becoming one.So there were seven horns rested as the last seven powerful nations and one nation that formed from three powerful horns. If it could be the meaning of this presents days the total eight nations, America has the power of the three.

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