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  • Darwin_Lakota

    "..., and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

    That's what the constitution says about presidential pardons. Nothing about waiting for a Justice Department recommendation.

  • Darwin_Lakota

    Where does it say in the Constitution that the Justice department is the gatekeeper of presidential pardons? Sounds like someone trying to make excuses for Obama's inaction.

  • Prophet With Honor

    Dog whistle reminding everyone he has this power.

  • helico seek

    The family and some senators have been pushing this for years, yet it only gets Rump's attention after a celebrity mentions it. How comforting that celebrities have more influence with this president than Congress or ordinary citizens do.

  • gs12

    I wonder why Obama wasn't interested in this issue.

  • anastasiabeaverhousen

    Don't presidents traditionally issue pardons as one of their last acts prior to leaving office? Interesting. Is Trump thinking he'd better do it now?

  • adamrussell

    Pardon is nice, but the sentence really should be overturned. Convicted of taking a prostitute out of state? Really? Are they considered to be slaves of Nevada and not allowed to leave? Completely unconstitutional law.
    edit: and shame on abc for not mentioning the totally bogus charge he was convicted on.

  • LumenPraetorius

    Jack Johnson should have been pardoned long ago.
    Glad to hear it might finally happen.

  • Deep Cover

    "The son of former slaves, he defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring. "

    "FORMER slaves?" You mean, like "retired slaves"? Or "career slaves"? "Longstading slaves? Excuse me, the phrase should be "FREED" slaves". Another attempt to sanitize the disgusting, degrading practice of the stealing, breeding, or forcing humans into bondage. Call it for what it is.

  • MauiOhana808

    No disrespect to Jack Johnson..................but donnie is really acting crazy nowadays!!!!
    Rest in Peace Champ!!!
    Aloha :^(

  • bruce

    I can see Trump pardoning him and then throwing a temper tantrum when Jack Johnson doesn't thank him.

  • Alexthekay

    Amusing that he got the idea from another draft-dodging war-wimp.

  • LMcW

    I do think he should be pardoned, however I am a little concerned that Trump is taking advise from Rambo.

  • C. Gray

    Jamie Brockett sings about Jack Johnson in his Legend Of The U.S.S. Titanic.

  • Dilligaf

    Mr. Jack Johnson by far was The greatest boxer that ever walked the face of the earth.
    Ken Burns produced and directed an outstanding documentary called "Unforgivable Blackness".It puts Jacks hard life into perspective. And unquestionably shows his great prowess in the ring.
    My hats off to Sly Stallone for contacting the President on this much long overdue pardon.

  • Justice4All

    Good call but many others should be pardoned, like those who received long sentences for possessing less than sale-weight amounts of weed.

  • Erwin Schrodinger

    I agree he should be pardoned. But the timing for Trump show his obvious motivation... to remind all those under investigation if his power and willingness to use it outside of normal process.

  • brickmette

    I, for one, would not relish being on the receiving end of Donald Trump's largesse, which I would deem to be ingenuous and calculated for effect.
    I am appalled that the President of the U.S. has garnered no respect from me.

  • TexasVulcan

    This guy should be pardoned, I guess. But does not that not imply guilt? This guy was not actually guilty of anything.