California Governor Pardons Robert Downey Jr. For Drug Conviction
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Back in 1996, Robert Downey Jr. got into some trouble with the authorities after he was caught with an unusual amount of narcotics and an illegal weapon in his vehicle. Today, California governor Jerry Brown pardoned the actor for the drug conviction that sent him to prison almost twenty years ago.
He was convicted of drug possession after he was arrested on a county highway in Los Angeles. Police discovered heroin, cocaine and a pistol in his car. In 1999, he faced prison time again, this time for violating his probation.
His life has changed a lot since then as he starred as Iron Man in Disney’s films.
Brown stated on his website that a pardon does not erase records of a past conviction, but it does restore voting rights to the accused. Congrats, Robert!