Trump is considering a pardon for boxing great Muhammad Ali. For what?

June 12, 2018
Jacksonville Free Press

President Donald Trump said  he’s considering a pardon for Muhammad Ali. That raises the question: for what?

Ali was convicted of draft evasion — and immediately stripped of his heavyweight title — in 1967, after refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Army.

But his conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971. As if that’s not enough, President Jimmy Carter pardoned all Vietnam War draft dodgers in 1977.

When a superior court reverses someone’s conviction, it is as if that conviction never happened, according to Louisville attorney Marc Murphy, who handles federal, white-collar criminal defense cases for the Stites & Harbison law firm.

Sheryl Snyder, an attorney for Frost Brown Todd and member of the Supreme Court Historical Society, also said she isn’t sure if there’s anything to pardon. Last year, he attended a re-enactment of the Ali case in the Supreme Court chambers, where Justice Sonia Sotomayor presided.

“I’m puzzled by that because the Supreme Court of the United States set aside his conviction and he was never retried,” he said.

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