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Trump pardon for Muhammad Ali is unnecessary, legal experts say

By Darcy Costello, Courier Journal

President Donald Trump said Friday 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.


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