Boxer Johnson To Be Pardoned After 96 Years?
U.S. human rights leader JESSE JACKSON has won a battle to pardon African-American boxing champion JACK JOHNSON for illegally marrying a white woman in 1913.
The heavyweight was forced to emigrate to Europe after breaching the Mann Act.
Democrat Jackson led the charge for a pardon and was backed by former presidential candidate John MCCain, among others.
His resolution, which was passed on Thursday (30Jul09), calls for President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson for his 1913 conviction.