Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Watch List: Johnson. Again.

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.


Lyn said...

Ridiculous publicity stunt. Why should a filmmaker lobby for a long-past prizefighter? To promote a movie that's it. As for Senator McCain he is making some disingenuous comments. Can't imagine what's in this for him other than pandering to black voters most of whom probably never heard of Jack Johnson.

Anonymous said...

As if there aren't enough living persons who need / deserve pardons! Jeez!

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