McCain Pressing Obama to Pardon Boxer Convicted Nearly a Century Ago; You're a Little Late John
Senator John McCain hopes to be a different sort of "Great White Hope" for the memory of former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson
Senator John McCain isn't pulling punches in his effort to have former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson pardoned for a 1913 conviction.
The Galveston Giant, as Johnson was called, died in 1946, so trying to get a guy who's been dead for more than 60 years pardoned seems like a marvelous use of our senator's time.
In a letter to the president today, McCain re-affirmed his belief that Johnson was convicted on racial grounds after his 1913 violation of the Mann Act.
Johnson was convicted of "transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes" in 1913, a crime for which he was sentenced to one year in prison.
Rather than do the time, Johnson fled the country and lived abroad until surrendering himself to the U.S. government at the Mexican border in 1920.
Johnson ended up serving just under a year in prison and everyone moved on -- everyone but the "maverick" apparently.
Back in August, McCain rallied members of Congress to support a posthumous pardon for Johnson.
McCain claims he never got a response to a letter he sent President Obama back in August concerning the pardon.
Perhaps that's because the president was busy trying to run the country, not advocating for a guy who served a year in jail almost 100 years ago and has been dead since 1946.
In today's letter, McCain urged Obama to "right this wrong and erase an act of racism that sent an American citizen to prison."
Of all the black people sho have unjustly spent time in prison, McCain picks a guy who did less than a year? Guess it's the little victories that count for McCain at this point.
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