Robert Downey Jr. pardoned for drug conviction

  • Actor Robert Downey Jr. was pardoned by the governor of the State of California
  • The pardon was for the drug offense he committed in 1996
  • Downey Jr. was pardoned after he exhibited good moral conduct and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen since his release from prison

Actor Robert Downey Jr. of the “Iron Man” fame recently received a pardon for his almost twenty-year-old drug conviction that sent him to prison for more than a year.

A Daily Mail article written by Khaleda Rhaman on December 24, 2015 said Downey, Jr. was one of the 91 individuals who received a pardon from California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

The governor’s office announced on Thursday, December 24, that the 50-year-old actor, along with 90 others, received Christmas pardons for drug convictions after showing they have rehabilitated themselves.

Downey Jr. was arrested on November 6, 1996 for possession of cocaine, heroin and a firearm while driving under the influence at a California highway.

The pardon does not erase the actor’s records of conviction but it restores his voting rights and is entitled to a public declaration that he exhibited good moral conduct and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen in the community of his residence since his release.

Part of Governor Brown’s pardon given to the actor read: “Therefore, I, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby grant Robert Downey Jr. a full and unconditional pardon for the above offense.”

A statement on the official website of the governor said: “The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity. A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and have lived productive and law-abiding lives following their conviction. Pardons are not granted unless they are earned.”