Donald Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson after Sylvester Stallone's call

Donald Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson after Sylvester Stallone's callDonald Trump says he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. The US president announced on Saturday that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a friend of his, had called to bring Johnson’s story to his attention. Johnson is a legendary figure in boxing and crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries following the civil rights era. Most famously, his story was fictionalised for the play “The Great White Hope,” starring James Earl Jones, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play in 1969. A film version with Jones was released in 1970. “His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial,” Mr Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.  Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018 Johnson was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes. The boxer died in 1946. His great-great niece has pressed Mr Trump for a posthumous pardon, and Senator John McCain and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been pushing Johnson’s case for years. The tweet came a week after Mr Trump pardoned I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who had been a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, arguing that Libby had been “treated unfairly” by a special counsel. Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film “Rocky” and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Mr Trump’s New Years’ Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. Mr McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson “was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago.” “Johnson’s imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honour,” McCain said earlier this month. At a glance | Presidential pardons In Jim Crow America, Johnson was one of the most despised African-American of his generation, humiliating white fighters and flaunting his affection for white women. 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. He then mowed down a series of “great white hopes,” culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries. “He is one of the craftiest, cunningest boxers that ever stepped into the ring,” said the legendary boxer John L. Sullivan, in the aftermath of what was called “the fight of the century.” But Johnson also refused to adhere to societal norms, living lavishly and brazenly and dating outside of his race in a time when whites often killed African-Americans without fear of legal repercussions. After seven years as a fugitive following his conviction, Johnson eventually returned to the US and turned himself in. He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921. He died in 1946 in a car crash. The stain on Johnson’s reputation forced some family members to live in shame of his legacy. Sylvester Stallone is a supporter of the president and attended Trump’s New Years’ Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016 Credit: AP The family “didn’t talk about it because they were ashamed of him, that he went to prison,” Linda E. Haywood, 61, has said of her great-great uncle. “They were led to believe that he did something wrong. They were so ashamed after being so proud of him.” Haywood said she didn’t find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12. She remembers learning about Johnson when she was in sixth grade during Black History Month, and only learned later that he was kin. Once, she recalled, she asked her mother about Johnson. “She just grimaced,” Haywood said. Haywood has pressed to have Johnson pardoned since President George W. Bush was in office, a decade ago. Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented. President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to lead the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War; he was framed for embezzlement. Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the US Neutrality Acts in 1949. Haywood wanted Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, to pardon Johnson, but Justice Department policy says “processing posthumous pardon petitions is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on the pardon and commutation requests of living persons.” The Justice Department makes decisions on potential pardons through an application process and typically makes recommendations to the president. The general DOJ policy is to not accept applications for posthumous pardons for federal convictions, according to the department’s website. But Mr Trump has shown a willingness to work around the DOJ process.

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Trump says he's considering a 'full pardon' for boxer Jack Johnson — at Stallone's request

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Netanyahu says at least six states considering moving embassies to Jerusalem

Netanyahu says at least six states considering moving embassies to JerusalemIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that “at least half a dozen” countries were considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem following the U.S. decision to do so. U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December that the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, infuriating even Washington’s Arab allies and dismaying Palestinians who want the eastern part of the city as their capital. The U.S. Embassy is due to relocate to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv on May 14, the date on which Israel declared its independence in 1948.

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US Is Considering New Economic Sanctions On Russia

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Apple considering third-party Apple Watch face support, watchOS beta code reveals

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Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Considering Lower-Priced HomePod After Potentially Lackluster Sales

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Trump considering firing Rosenstein to check Mueller

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Theresa May suggests UK considering military response against 'brutal' Syrian regime

Theresa May suggests UK considering military response against 'brutal' Syrian regimeTheresa May has suggested the Government is considering joining potential military action against the Assad regime after a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed 70 people. The Prime Minister described the attack as “barbaric” and that Britain “utterly condemns the use of chemical weapons in any circumstances”. The Government has stressed the importance of the attack being investigated to determine who is culpable. But Mrs May said that the regime, and its backers like Russia, “must be held to account” if found to be responsible. Donald Trump, the US President, said there would be a “big price to pay” for the attack in Douma, a besieged suburb of Damascus, which has sparked international outrage. Syria what next His comments raised the possibility of a US airstrike against Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator, and speculation has now turned to whether the UK could play a role in any possible action. Speaking in Copenhagen after meeting with Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, Mrs May said Britain is “discussing with our allies what action is necessary”. She said: “What we are currently doing, what we are urgently doing, with our allies is assessing what has taken place. “Obviously if this is a chemical weapons attack of the sort that certainly initial reports suggest that it is, this is another example of the Assad regime’s brutality and the brazen way in which they have ignored the interests of their people. “I think this is a reprehensible attack that has taken place. We have seen it is not only adults that have been affected but children affected by this attack as well.   Theresa May, the Prime Minister Credit: Julian Simmonds for The Telegraph “But we assess what has taken place and we will also be discussing with our allies what action is necessary. “I think we are very clear that if this is a chemical weapons attack of the sort that it appears to be, from the regime that we want to ensure that those responsible are held to account.” A residential area of Douma, one the last-remaining rebel-held areas in Syria, was struck by the suspected chemical weapons attack around 8.45pm on Saturday. Footage from the ground showed the dead bodies of children and adults foaming at the mouth with open eyes. Many had been in a basement when the attack hit. Mrs May described the pictures showing the aftermath of the “absolutely appalling” attack as “horrific”. She then warned Russia that it should “look very carefully” as its support for the Assad regime. She said: “Yes, this is about the actions of his (Assad’s) regime but it is also about the backers of that regime and of course Russia is one of those backers and I think that the message that we have consistently given is that those who are backing the regime need to look very carefully at the position that they have taken. “This is a brutal regime that is attacking its own people and we are very clear that it must be held to account and its backers must be held to account too.” Douma chemical attack Downing Street had earlier said the attack needed to be “urgently investigated” and that Britain was “swiftly working with our allies to agree a common position”. Number 10 stopped short of directly blaming the Syrian government for the incident but stressed “we have seen issues in the past with the Assad regime”. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the Government will “look at the range of options” available in terms of a response after an investigation into the attack has concluded. Russia, Iran and Syria all denied chemical weapons had been used, with the Kremlin warning that any military response from the West would be “absolutely unacceptable”. UK ministers are concerned that they may be forced to hold a vote in the Commons to authorise joining any action against the Assad regime, with no guarantee of winning it. The Government fears that Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, could oppose military action which would make the “electoral maths” challenging. Syria chemical weapons Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, refused to be drawn on Monday on whether the Government would be willing launch an attack without consulting MPs. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said in February that Britain should consider joining military action against Assad’s regime if there is fresh “incontrovertible” evidence he has used chemical weapons against his own people. Asked if the Government was considering limited military action, Ms Rudd told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The Foreign Secretary is right in his comments. The UN Security Council is of course meeting today. “What we have seen overnight is another horrific piece of activity in Syria, hurting children and families, and we need to make sure we have a strong international response.” Mr Johnson spoke to his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday about the attack in Douma. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Speaking to Le Drian, the Foreign Secretary underlined the urgent need to investigate what had happened in Douma and to ensure a strong and robust international response.” Labour’s initial response to the attack provoked criticism because its statement, issued on Sunday evening, appeared to put the Assad regime on an equal footing with other actors in the Syrian civil war. Mr Corbyn adopted a similar stance on Monday as he told LBC Radio: “I have condemned absolutely what he (Assad) has done, and what every other force has done in Syria.” He added: “I condemn the Syrian forces as well as other forces for what they have done in that civil war.” Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, issued a much tougher response on Monday and said: “What has happened in Douma looks to be just the latest abhorrent attack in Syria using chemical weapons, a war crime for which the Assad regime has been found responsible in the past and which we utterly condemn.” Q&A | Syrian Civil Defence, aka The White Helmets David Cameron, the former prime minister, lost an historic vote for action in Syria in 2013, which is widely seen to have emboldened the Assad regime. The Government won a vote in the Commons for military action against Isil in Syria in 2015, but that does not extend to the Assad regime. 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