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S.Con.Res. stands for Senate concurrent resolution.
This concurrent resolution was agreed to by both chambers of Congress on July 29, 2009. That is the end of the legislative process for concurrent resolutions. They do not have the force of law.
Last updated Jul 29, 2009.
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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/111/1/sconres29.
Mr. Johnson, the Heavyweight Champion Boxer of the world in the early 1900's, was twice the subject of federal investigation for violating the Mann Act-a law that outlawed the transportation of women across State lines for "any immoral purpose." In the first case, the woman involved, soon to become his second wife, refused to cooperate and the case fell apart. Less than a month later, Johnson was arrested again on similar charges. This time the woman, a prostitute named Belle Schreiber with whom he had been involved in 1909 and 1910, testified against him, and he was convicted by an all-white jury in June, 1913. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. Supporters of the resolution believe that he was unfairly punished for traveling and having a consensual relationship with a white woman. Johnson fled the country initially but returned to the U.S. on July 20, 1920. He surrendered to federal agents at the Mexican border and was sent to the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth to serve his sentence. He was released on July 9, 1921.
In 2004, filmmaker Ken Burns initiated the movement for a pardon after producing a documentary about Jack Johnson's life. That year, the Senate approved S. Res 447, a similar version of this resolution, by unanimous consent.
Furthermore, in 2005, a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Senator McCain, wrote a letter to the President to request a pardon. The letter stated that a pardon "would be a strong and necessary symbol to the world of America's continuing resolve to live up to the noble ideals of freedom, opportunity and equal justice for all."
S. Con. Res. 29 resolves that it is the sense of Congress that Jack Johnson should receive a posthumous pardon-
To expunge a racially motivated abuse of the prosecutorial authority of the federal Government from the annals of criminal justice in the United States; and
In recognition of the athletic and cultural contributions of Jack Johnson to society.
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