April 1st, 2009
01:00 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain, King seek pardon for boxer

McCain is trying to get a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson.
McCain is trying to get a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Arizona Sen. John McCain and New York Rep. Pete King are introducing a resolution on Wednesday that seeks to posthumously pardon Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight boxing champion.

Johnson was convicted for violating the Mann Act in 1913, which made it illegal to bring women across state lines for "immoral purposes." At the time, Johnson was in a relationship with a white woman and he spent a year in jail.

The Republican lawmakers will be joined by Johnson's great niece, Linda Haywood, at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon.


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Mari

    Its the right thing to do.

    April 1, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. John in Binghamton

    This was a horrible injustice, but is this really the best use of our time a money right now?

    Stupid things like this is the reason congress can never get anything done. First they are only doing it for show. The man has been dead for years, a bit late for a pardon. McCain wanted to do away with MLK day, make up your mind. If McCain really wanted to make a difference then he should of spoke up when he had the chance in 1913.

    April 1, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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