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Robert Downey Jr. gets holiday pardon from Gov. Jerry Brown for 1990s drug offenses

Robert Downey Jr. gets holiday pardon from Gov. Jerry Brown for 1990s drug offenses

Actor Robert Downey Jr., who spent time behind bars in the late 1990s on drug convictions, received a Christmas Eve pardon from Gov. Jerry Brown, effectively removing a black mark from the movie star's checkered past.

The actor was one of 91 people to whom the governor granted clemency for past crimes, most of them minor drug offenses that no longer are felonies under California law, as well as robbery and burglary. It has become an annual Christmas Eve tradition: official proclamations...

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