Wednesday, April 1, 2009
PardonPower has retained Jack Johnson's name on the Pardon Watch List and the Associated Press Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) still "wants a presidential pardon" for the nation's first black heavyweight boxing champion. Says McCain, "I've been a very big fight fan, I was a mediocre boxer myself. I had admired Jack Johnson's prowess in the ring. And the more I found out about him, the more I thought a grave injustice was done." Johnson (who died in 1946) was convicted of violating the Mann Act back in 1913. On Wednesday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and filmmaker Ken Burns will hold a press conference announcing a "resolution" urging a presidential pardon for Johnson. See story here.