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Lawmakers fight to get first black heavyweight champ off ropes with pardon for false conviction
The Dallas Morning News ^ | 2009-03-30 | Gromer Jeffers Jr.

Posted on 03/30/2009 11:49:23 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

Jack Johnson, the first African-American to become world heavyweight boxing champion, overcame racism and poverty to slug his way to the top.

Efforts to clear his name of a bogus conviction for transporting a white woman across state lines for immoral purposes, however, have not been as successful.

Today is the 131st anniversary of Johnson's birth in Galveston, and it comes as renewed efforts are under way in Congress to get a presidential pardon for the boxer who died 68 years ago.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., plan to introduce resolutions before Congress on Wednesday calling on President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson.

(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; boxing; jackjohnson; mannact; mccain; peterking; senate; ussenate

1 posted on 03/30/2009 11:49:23 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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2 posted on 03/30/2009 11:49:45 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: calcowgirl; sickoflibs; indylindy
Two years earlier, he had been forced to flee the country after being falsely convicted of violating the federal Mann Act, an effort to curb the transporting of white women across state lines for prostitution.

What's next? A pardon for Ted "The Swimmer" Kennedy?

3 posted on 03/30/2009 11:51:40 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Johnny Taliban will be the next one..


4 posted on 03/30/2009 11:56:53 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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I think I’m for the basic premise of this one. Jack was railroaded.


5 posted on 03/31/2009 12:07:33 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Good to see our Republicans have their priorities in order. How did we ever manage to lose Congress with these guys in charge ?


6 posted on 03/31/2009 12:09:52 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain’s thoughts...

Maybe Obama will like me if I fight to get a pardon for some dead black guy.

Also, I couldn’t help but notice that it said in the article
that Johnson spent his money as fast as he could make it,
and in almost the same breath it said that he didn’t play into racial stereotypes though. hmmm


7 posted on 03/31/2009 12:14:44 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Communism is Socialism with a gun to your head.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Hell, why not but why now? Somebody’s pandering, wonder who? Why its John McCain! Shouldn’t he be buying Meghan another bucket of ice cream and a 12 pack of beer?


9 posted on 03/31/2009 12:55:29 AM PDT by TheThinker (Even though Obama is President, I'm more American than the impostor will ever be.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Well, on this one, Jack needs to be exonerated...he was railroaded simply because he was such a good fighter and was resented for it.


10 posted on 03/31/2009 2:40:53 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Wasn’t Jack Johnson an open Communist and didn’t he do the crime? Why should he be anything but despised as the low life Commie he was?


11 posted on 03/31/2009 2:54:52 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog
I've never heard anything about Johnson being a Communist and really doubt it considering his background and educational level.

He did have his personal problems though, and was a wife-beater. Still, the Mann Act violation was trumped up since he liked white women and had married a white prostitute, triggering all kinds of lurid accusations against him.

Jack Johnson

12 posted on 03/31/2009 3:03:57 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Good to see our Republicans have their priorities in order. How did we ever manage to lose Congress with these guys in charge ?

We need to include Orrin Hatch in this august group, with all the time he's spending on the BCS.

13 posted on 03/31/2009 3:04:19 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Don't blame me...I voted for Palin!)
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To: yarddog
Wasn’t Jack Johnson an open Communist and didn’t he do the crime? Why should he be anything but despised as the low life Commie he was?

It has never been illegal in this country to be a Communist.

I may be mistaken, but I believe the woman he was convicted of transporting across state lines for immoral purposes was his (white) wife. If correct, this was pretty obviously a miscarriage of justice.

14 posted on 03/31/2009 3:07:46 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The Supreme Court ruled that the Mann Act applied to consensual sexual relationships.

Johnson quite certainly violated it.

The Mann Act can be considered a stupid law, if you like, and it has been far too often used to harass unpopular people, and has never been enforced consistently, but it is quite legal and constitutional.

It’s still in effect, BTW. The investigation that brought Spitzer down was for violation of the Mann Act.


15 posted on 03/31/2009 3:19:56 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: river rat

Yep.


16 posted on 03/31/2009 3:21:19 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: Sherman Logan

I was mistaken. The first woman he was accused of transporting was a white prostitute. He married her after the charges were filed, and so she was unable to testify against him.

The cops hunted around and found another prostitute to use as grounds for the charge.

Toting a prostitute across state lines is pretty obviously an actual violation of the Act.


17 posted on 03/31/2009 3:22:28 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sherman Logan

At the time it was illegal to marry outside ones race. That was the law. He was also accused of having sex with large numbers of underage girls. He always wanted White girls which was illegal, not just for their ages.

He really did transport them for immoral purposes. They were strict about that then and I think they still should be.


18 posted on 03/31/2009 3:26:43 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog
At the time it was illegal to marry outside ones race.

Only in some states.

19 posted on 03/31/2009 3:30:16 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Yes that is correct.


20 posted on 03/31/2009 3:36:55 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: rabscuttle385; sickoflibs

Leave it to McCain to go to bat for a dead guy convicted of transporting prostitutes who jumped bail and fled the country while out on bond, pending appeal. I read some articles about Mr. Jackson from the 1905-1920 time period. He sounds like a real arrogant thug. He ran a saloon on the south side of Chicago filled with “tinsel” and scantily dressed women. A woman who worked in the bar as a “stenographer” (and was “his girl”) testified against him; she later became his wife, after his then wife committed suicide (she had been pysically abused by him for several years).

Sounds like a great guy! /s


21 posted on 03/31/2009 3:56:22 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Sherman Logan
I was mistaken. The first woman he was accused of transporting was a white prostitute. He married her after the charges were filed, and so she was unable to testify against him. The cops hunted around and found another prostitute to use as grounds for the charge.

From what I read (in old articles from the early 1900s), the first wife committed suicide in 1912 after he abused her for years (and was messing around with prostitute #2). A few years later, he married the second prostitute (that had testified against him).

22 posted on 03/31/2009 3:59:58 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: yarddog

I think you’re confusing him with Paul Robeson, the singer/actor, who was a committed Stalinist.


23 posted on 03/31/2009 4:35:42 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: calcowgirl

It seems pretty clear that Johnson was a serial offender against the Mann Act and thus was appropriately convicted.

It’s equally clear that he was prosecuted only because he was wildly unpopular.

Which brings up the timely question of whether convictions achieved as a result of politically-motivated prosecutions are valid. We’re likely to see a bunch of these in coming months as prosecutors go after executives who can be portrayed as sharing the blame for our present economic fix. Technical violations nobody would have cared about two years ago will be plenty.


24 posted on 03/31/2009 4:48:26 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Hey, maybe some members from an early 22nd century Congress will champion the cause of the AIG execs. ;-)


25 posted on 03/31/2009 4:52:22 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Markos33

It’s a symbolic gesture. That’s all I can say on the issue.


26 posted on 03/31/2009 5:04:54 AM PDT by The Breaded Fish
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Could be. The inverse of this is the liberal assumption that black politicians shouldn’t be prosecuted for corruption since the default assumption is that they were “targeted” because of their race.


27 posted on 03/31/2009 5:29:01 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: rabscuttle385

It’s because of sh!t like this that the commudems are running the damned store! FCOL, what the hell are we paying these idiots to do, exactly?


28 posted on 03/31/2009 6:11:50 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Whats the Matter Johnny McCain, couldn’t you find any Mexican fighters who needed a pardon????


29 posted on 04/01/2009 5:26:00 AM PDT by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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