Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

AP News

Lawmakers seek pardon for boxing champ

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the world's first black heavyweight boxing champion imprisoned a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, are renewing their efforts.

Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and John McCain joined Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and William "Mo" Cowan, D-Mass., on Tuesday in reintroducing a resolution urging President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson because he was wronged by a racially motivated conviction.

A similar resolution passed both houses of Congress in 2009, but Obama did not act on it. The Justice Department has told the bill's backers its general policy is not to process posthumous pardon requests.

Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for immoral purposes.

blog comments powered by Disqus