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Trump's Moves May Mark A New Era Of The Celebrity Pardon

Trump has issued four pardons in his first 16 months as president — including one this week of boxer Jack Johnson — outpacing his three most recent predecessors.
Kim Kardashian West, seen here at the 2017 Forbes Women's Summit at Spring Studios in New York City on on June 13, 2017, has taken up the cause of a potential pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother who has spent more than two decades in federal prison. Source: Angela Weiss

When President Trump granted a posthumous pardon to legendary boxer Jack Johnson Thursday, he showed, once again, that he is willing to use his clemency authority in high-profile cases.

Trump has issued four pardons in his first 16 months as president, including the one for Johnson. Each of these pardons involved public figures or cases that received media attention — from former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Jr.

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